Q Associates Limited

Q_NetApp Multi-Cloud Data Management Cloud Volumes OnTap (Google Cloud Platform - GCP)

NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP®, the leading enterprise-grade storage management solution, delivers secure, proven storage management services ensuring consistent data across any cloud. This focuses on GCP.

Our Multi-Cloud capability and Support services such as On-boarding and Exit ensure maximum benefits with minimal cloud lock in.


  • Data_Protection_- With NetApp Snapshot™ technology.
  • Storage_Efficiencies_- Thin provisioning, data compression, and deduplication.
  • Data_Tiering_- Automatically move infrequently-used data to object storage.
  • Data_Cloning_- Create writeable clone volumes instantly with no capacity penalty.
  • Cloud_Migration_- With SnapMirror® replication technology.
  • Cloud_Manager_- UI/APIs management, supporting hybrid & multi-cloud architectures.
  • Kubernetes_Integration_- For containerized workloads persistent storage.
  • Cloud_Support Services available for Ease of Integration


  • Reduce public cloud storage spend with NetApp CVO for GCP
  • Multiple storage consumption models
  • ONTAP rapidly and easily provisions and manages cloud storage
  • Consistent Data Management across multiple clouds - One skill
  • Cloud Provider Agnostic - Hyper Scale Choice, Specialist Cloud Aware
  • Cloud Support Services eases integration with private cloud
  • Q deployed 100's of on premise deployments


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Service ID

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Q Associates Limited Adam Freeman
Telephone: 01635 248181
Email: tenders@qassociates.co.uk

Service scope

Service constraints
See : https://docs.netapp.com/us-en/cloud-volumes-ontap/reference_new_97.html
System requirements
See : https://docs.netapp.com/us-en/cloud-volumes-ontap/reference_configs_gcp_97.html#byol-overview

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
See : https://www.netapp.com/us/media/software-support-plan-product-description.pdf
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Online ticketing support accessibility
WCAG 2.1 AA or EN 301 549
Phone support
Phone support availability
24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support
Web chat
Web chat support availability
24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support accessibility standard
None or don’t know
How the web chat support is accessible
Web chat accessibility testing
Onsite support
Yes, at extra cost
Support levels
Full details of NetApp support , Support Levels and On-Site offering can be found here: https://www.netapp.com/us/services/index.aspx
Support available to third parties

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
NetApp - All relevant onboarding documenatation can be found here : https://docs.netapp.com/us-en/cloud/

The ONTAP command-line interface (CLI) provides a command-based view of the management interface. You enter commands at the storage system prompt, and command results are displayed in text.

Q Associates - In support of all of our Cloud Hosting Services offer Cloud Readiness, Cloud Migration, Cloud Management and as needed Cloud Exit Services - all available via G-Cloud Support Services.
Service documentation
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
End-of-contract data extraction
NetApp - Ontap is a multi-cloud agnostic data management solution, data can be simply replicated to alternate cloud provider. In event client wishes to replace ontap, data can be replicated to a non Ontap data location.

Q Associates - In addition to the extraction of data, there may be more detailed integration or Exit requirements when exiting a cloud and Q Associates Cloud Exit service available via G-Cloud Support Services can further assist in this process.
End-of-contract process
CVO allows data to be replicated to an on premise solution, once replicated data can be deleted and contract terminated/

Q Associates - at an additional cost can assist in the End of contract process as there may be more detailed integration & Exit requirements when exiting a cloud and Q Associates Cloud Exit service available via G-Cloud Support Services can further assist in this process.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Using the web interface
Cloud Manager simplifies enterprise cloud storage management by providing cloud monitoring, administration and orchestration frontend for NetApp ONTAP storage systems on-premises and in the cloud. For more details including a free trial https://cloud.netapp.com/cloud-manager
Web interface accessibility standard
None or don’t know
How the web interface is accessible
Accessible via web interface. Further details and free trial available at https://cloud.netapp.com/cloud-manager
Web interface accessibility testing
"This Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) provides guidance on the accessibility
characteristics of the NetApp ONTAP® Cloud : Full details can be found here : https://www.netapp.com/us/media/vpat-netapp-ontap-cloud.pdf"
What users can and can't do using the API
"OnCommand Cloud Manager includes REST APIs that enable software developers to automate the management of NetApp storage in the cloud. The Cloud Manager APIs enable you to perform operations on different types of resources. The resources are broadly categorized as follows:

Administrative resources
Used to set up and configure Cloud Manager

Auditing resources
Used to view details about Cloud Manager operations

Authentication resources
Used to authenticate with Cloud Manager so you can run API operations

Working environment resources
Used to deploy and manage working environments: single ONTAP Cloud systems, ONTAP Cloud HA configurations, and ONTAP clusters

More detail can be found here : https://library.netapp.com/ecmdocs/ECMLP2735474/html/index.html#_how_the_rest_apis_work"
API automation tools
  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • OpenStack
  • Terraform
  • Puppet
  • Other
Other API automation tools
Workflow Automation (WFA)
API documentation
API documentation formats
  • Open API (also known as Swagger)
  • HTML
Command line interface
Command line interface compatibility
Using the command line interface
The ONTAP command-line interface (CLI) provides a command-based view of the management interface. You enter commands at the storage system prompt, and command results are displayed in text. A full description of the CLI capabilities can be found here: https://docs.netapp.com/ontap-9/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.netapp.doc.dot-cm-sag%2FGUID-DD81D296-184D-4779-8031-B24286D6CD52.html


Scaling available
Scaling type
  • Automatic
  • Manual
Independence of resources
NetApp Service relies on GCP VM isolation techniques to ensure workloads are not affected by other users
within NetApp you can use storage quality of service (QoS) to guarantee that performance of critical workloads is not degraded by competing workloads
Usage notifications
Usage reporting
  • API
  • Email
  • SMS


Infrastructure or application metrics
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • Memory
  • Network
  • Number of active instances
  • Other
Other metrics
See https://cloud.netapp.com/cloud-insights for more details of available statitics
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Regular reports
  • Reports on request


Supplier type
Reseller providing extra support
Organisation whose services are being resold

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance
Up to Security Clearance (SC)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Data storage and processing locations
  • United Kingdom
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
User control over data storage and processing locations
Datacentre security standards
Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)
Penetration testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Penetration testing approach
Protecting data at rest
  • Encryption of all physical media
  • Other
Other data at rest protection approach
Cloud Volumes ONTAP supports the following encryption technologies: NetApp Volume Encryption (starting with Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.5)

Google Cloud Platform default encryption

Data sanitisation process
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
Equipment disposal approach
Complying with a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v.30, CAS (Sanitisation) or ISO/IEC 27001

Backup and recovery

Backup and recovery
What’s backed up
  • All/Any data can be snapshot, replicated
  • Feature of multi_cloud data management is replication to any location
Backup controls
Backups can be done via both manual and automated standard NetApp Backup and recovery services.
Datacentre setup
Multiple datacentres with disaster recovery
Scheduling backups
Users schedule backups through a web interface
Backup recovery
Users can recover backups themselves, for example through a web interface

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • Private network or public sector network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)
  • Other
Other protection between networks
Customer environments are logically segregated to prevent users and customers from accessing resources not assigned to them. GCP gives customers ownership and control over their content by design through simple, but powerful tools that allow customers to determine how their content will be secured in transit.
GCP enables customers to open a secure, encrypted channel to GCP services using TLS/SSL, and/or IPsec or TLS VPN (if applicable), or other means of protection the customer wish to use.
API calls can be encrypted with TLS/SSL to maintain confidentiality; the GCP Console connection is encrypted with TLS.
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
CVO is using GCP Compute, VPC and Cloud Storage as underlying infrastructure. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of GCP’s product offerings, SLAs are best reviewed directly on our website via the links below:

• GCP Compute SLA: https://cloud.google.com/compute/sla
• GCP GCS SLA: https://cloud.google.com/storage/sla
Approach to resilience
It relies on GCP's Compute and VPC technology and inherity is't properties
Outage reporting
Public dashboard; personalised dashboard with API and events; configurable alerting (email / SMS / messaging)

Identity and authentication

User authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google apps)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
NFS access: auth=SYS or KRB5
SMB access: Active Directory Kerberos
Access restriction testing frequency
At least once a year
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Devices users manage the service through
Dedicated device on a segregated network (providers own provision)

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
Between 6 months and 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users receive audit information on a regular basis
How long supplier audit data is stored for
Between 6 months and 12 months
How long system logs are stored for
Between 6 months and 12 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001
Q Associates - NQA
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
Q Associates - Since April 2016
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
Q Associates - Nothing
ISO 28000:2007 certification
CSA STAR certification
CSA STAR accreditation date
CSA STAR certification level
Level 2: CSA STAR Attestation
What the CSA STAR doesn’t cover
PCI certification
Who accredited the PCI DSS certification
Not available
PCI DSS accreditation date
Not available
What the PCI DSS doesn’t cover

In terms of deploying NetApp - ONTAP can be configured to address the 12 requirements of PCI-DSS standards. – TR-4401
Other security certifications
Any other security certifications
  • FIPS-140-2
  • https://security.netapp.com/certs/

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Security governance certified
Security governance standards
  • ISO/IEC 27001
  • Other
Other security governance standards
NetApp participates in Common Criteria, Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) and the US Department of Defense Information Network Approved Products List (DoDIN APL) programs to demonstrate our ability to meet security controls.
ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 15408
For further information check the below links:
Information security policies and processes
NetApp is committed to providing its customers with quality products that provide the security posture they require. In pursuit of a continued and supportive relationship, NetApp recognizes that the changing security and threat landscape requires PwC to seek information about NetApp’s Secure Development LifeCycle practices.

NetApp has a comprehensive secure development lifecycle program based on industry best practices which includes, security training, static analysis security testing (SAST), dynamic analysis security testing (DAST), vulnerability scanning, third-party penetration testing and other security practices. NetApp further incorporates certain security features such as encrypted data-at-rest and data-in-motion depending on the system. NetApp’s secure development lifecycle is a journey and continues to be rolled out to achieve maturity.

As part of the development, ONTAP executes various secure development lifecycle practices and determines corrective actions. SAST, DAST, Fuzzing and vulnerability scanning are performed with each release. Pentration testing is performed at least annually.

Q Associates are accredited to ISO27001 and independently audited each year. We are also Cyber Essentials certified and have access to a team of secure staff from our QSS division dealing with sensitive public-sector organisations.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Configuration and change management approach
"Azure has developed formal standard operating procedures (SOPs) governing the change management process. These SOPs cover both software development and hardware change and release management, and are consistent with established regulatory guidelines including ISO 27001, SOC 1 / SOC 2, NIST 800-53, and others.

Microsoft also uses Operational Security Assurance (OSA), a framework that incorporates the knowledge gained through a variety of capabilities that are unique to Microsoft including the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL), the Microsoft Security Response Center program, and deep awareness of the cybersecurity threat landscape.
Please see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/SDL/OperationalSecurityAssurance and https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sdl"
Vulnerability management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Vulnerability management approach
See https://security.netapp.com/policy/
Protective monitoring type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Protective monitoring approach
AWS deploys (pan-environmental) monitoring devices to collect information on unauthorized intrusion attempts, usage abuse, and network/application bandwidth usage. Devices monitor:

• Port scanning attacks
• Usage (CPU, processes, disk utilization, swap rates, software-error generated losses)
• Application metrics
• Unauthorized connection attempts

Near real-time alerts flag potential compromise incidents, based on AWS Service/Security Team- set thresholds.
Incident management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example, CSA CCM v3.0 or ISO/IEC 27035:2011 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Incident management approach
AWS adopts a three-phased approach to manage incidents:

1. Activation and Notification Phase
2. Recovery Phase
3. Reconstitution Phase

To ensure the effectiveness of the AWS Incident Management plan, AWS conducts incident response testing, providing excellent coverage for the discovery of defects and failure modes as well as testing the systems for potential customer impact.

The Incident Response Test Plan is executed annually, in conjunction with the Incident Response plan. It includes multiple scenarios, potential vectors of attack, the inclusion of the systems integrator in reporting and coordination and varying reporting/detection avenues.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Independent review of processes (for example CESG CPA Build Standard, ISO/IEC 27034, ISO/IEC 27001 or CSA CCM v3.0)

Separation between users

Virtualisation technology used to keep applications and users sharing the same infrastructure apart
Who implements virtualisation
Virtualisation technologies used
Other virtualisation technology used
How shared infrastructure is kept separate
Please see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/TrustCenter/Security/default.aspx

Energy efficiency

Energy-efficient datacentres
Description of energy efficient datacentres


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Discount for educational organisations
Free trial available
Description of free trial
A 30 day Free trial is availble of the CVO producy
Link to free trial

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