As a storage administrator or an infrastructure architect, have you looked at automation to help alleviate increasing demands? Maybe you’ve considered automation, but felt you don’t have the expertise to take it on successfully. NetApp introduced OnCommand Workflow Automation (WFA) a few years ago so that admins can better manage growth by automating and standardizing their most common and/or complex storage processes. WFA also lets architects automate and integrate storage processes for seamless service delivery.

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OnCommand Workflow Automation 3.1 was released recently, with over 60 out-of-the-box workflows. You can also do some really cool things like trigger a workflow within a workflow, customize existing workflows or create new workflows using the designer portal, and assign calendar-based schedule to execute workflows periodically. You have multiple options for installing WFA, such as a vApp on VMware, Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Windows.

 

 

If you haven’t heard, we also launched the Storage Automation Store some months ago and our automation engineering team has been working diligently to release new OnCommand Workflow Automation packs on a regular basis-to make your life easier.

 

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Here is a sample of some of the new workflows available on the Storage Automation Store:

  • OnCommand Insight (OCI) connector pack, a data source for WFA, so you can execute heterogeneous storage processes using OCI and WFA together.
  • A Service Level Objective (SLO) pack that provides a framework for implementing SLOs. As a storage service provider you can do things like optimize utilization, and do performance modeling, trend analysis, and asset planning.
  • A Quota Management pack that lets you set, resize, or delete a quota on an existing or new qtree.
  • Additional automated data protection packs for SnapMirror, SnapVault, and MetroCluster.

 

We’ve been hearing great things from our customers and what they’ve been able to achieve with OnCommand Workflow Automation. For example, an educational customer offering online learning system maintains two-hour SLA for service restoration, with no more than five minutes of data loss. With OnCommand Workflow Automation they can now boast that they have a single product set for storage, back up, and failover. What this means is that they don’t need to keep trained staff on site round the clock in case one of their data centers fails. You can access the Store directly through the OnCommand Workflow Automation GUI to download and install the pack that you need. Our engineering team will continue to publish new Workflow Automation packs on an ongoing basis, so you don’t have to wait for the next release of WFA.

 

Watch this video to learn more about OnCommand Workflow Automation or contact your NetApp rep to arrange a demo. If you’re ready to get started today, you can download OnCommand Workflow Automation and the Workflow Developer’s Guide from the NetApp Support site.

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Kristina Brand

Kristina Brand is a Senior Product & Solutions Marketing Manager and has been with NetApp over seven years. She is responsible for GTM strategy and execution in the Cloud Product Marketing group. Prior to NetApp, she has experience at several software companies including Progress Software and NICE Systems. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Business at Quinsigamond Community College.