NetApp BlueXP is a management console designed to unify a disparate set of hybrid cloud NetApp products.  The BlueXP interface provides a set of data management capabilities, that are licensed separately. The capabilities are:


BlueXP is ideally suited for organizations who have multiple NetApp tools and want to simplify the management with a unified console, sometimes called a NetApp control plane. It is important to note, however, that BlueXP is NetApp and storage centric and has key limitations and restrictions that impact the applicability and simplicity of the solution. With the huge influx of unstructured data, customers want a centralized solution they can use across their storage platforms and in a multi-cloud and hybrid environment. It is imperative that broader unstructured data management requirements and the benefits of a storage-agnostic solution are considered before embarking on this effort.

Read the 5 requirements of unified data control plane for unstructured data management.

NetApp BlueXP Tiering

Data tiering is one component of BlueXP. According to NetApp, BlueXP is able to:

Cloud-tiering-pool-blog-callout@3x-2048x737First of all, it’s important to understand the differences and benefits of file-level tiering vs block-level tiering used by NetApp. Read the white paper. Secondly, it’s important to understand the tiering requirements. As Komprise co-founder and CEO Kumar Goswami wrote in this post, block-level tiering has benefits for tiering snapshots, certain log files and other data that is proprietary and deleted in short order. But block-level tiering has significant shortcomings, including:

  • Limited policies result in more data accessed, increasing increasing cloud egress costs.
  • Defragmentation of blocks leads to higher cloud storage costs.
  • Sequential reads lead to higher cloud costs and lower performance.
  • Data tiered to the cloud cannot be accessed from the cloud without licensing a storage file system.
  • Tiering blocks impacts performance of the storage array.
  • Data access results in re–hydration, thereby reducing potential cost savings.
  • Block tiering does not reduce backup costs or the backup window.
  • Block tiering locks you into your storage vendor and requires rehydration of all data you tier when switching to a new system. Read: 5 Mistakes to Avoid in a Data Storage Refresh
  • Proprietary lock-in and cloud file storage licensing costs.

NetApp BlueXP Tiering Feature Comparison with Komprise Intelligent Data Management

Komprise is a storage-agnostic control plane across all your hybrid data estate that optimizes data storage costs and puts enterprise IT organizations in control of their data at all times with no lock-in. Komprise uses a superior file-based tiering solution. Blow are questions you should ask and a table comparing NetApp BlueXP functionality versus Komprise Intelligent Data Management:

  • Can you tier data that is more than 183 days old?
  • Can you tier directly to Amazon S3 IA or Azure Blob Cool?
  • Do you require a cooling period on rehydration?
  • Do you have flexible data management policies at the share, directory and file levels?
  • Can you access tiered files without additional licensing?
  • Can you migrate data or move to another system without rehydrating everything you’ve tiered?
  • Do you tier files or blocks?


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