Category Archive: Storage Orchestration and Automation

Jun 04

NetApp Dynamic Storage Types Package

dymanicTypes workflow example

I am pleased to announce the NetApp Dynamic Storage Types Package. The NetApp Dynamic Storage Types Package will allow setting NetApp storage as an output for vRealize Orchestration (vRO) workflows and in turn as an output for vRealize Automation life cycle management.  This is done by taking advantage of the native dynamic plugin capability in vRO 5.5.2 …

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Jun 17

Two New Co-Branded Technical Reports

I’m pleased to announce two new jointly branded NetApp and VMware technical reports:  TR-4308: Software-Defined Storage with NetApp and VMware and TR-4306: Building Automation and Orchestration for Software-Defined Storage with NetApp and VMware. TR-4308 describes the joint NetApp and VMware solution to implement a software-defined storage environment.  This environment is a critical component toward achieving …

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Mar 17

My NetApp Communities Podcast on Software-Defined Storage

I would like to send a “Thank You” to @DatacenterDude and @vPedroArrow for hosting me on their NetApp Communities Podcast Friday, March 14th, 2014. We had a great discussion on software-defined storage in the software-defined data center.  They have an excellent weekly podcast and if you aren’t listening to them I’d highly recommend you do. …

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Mar 10

Software-Defined Storage with NetApp and VMware – Part 1: Setup WFA

NetApp OCUM Manage Users Screen

Over the past months I’ve given multiple presentations on software-defined storage and how NetApp plays in this space.  I have also been part of a project to integrate NetApp storage into VMware’s Software-defined Data Center model.  NetApp, of course, would be the Software-defined Storage goodness of VMware’s SDDC.  NetApp WFA integrates with vCAC and vCO …

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Feb 26

Software-Defined Storage with NetApp and VMware – Overview: vCAC 6, vCO, and NetApp WFA

SDS with vCAC, vCO, and WFA

Lately, I’ve been heads down designing a NetApp software-defined storage solution in conjunction with VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 6.0.  For the overall solution, we are using NetApp OnCommand Workflow Automation (WFA) to handle the storage automation.  vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) then makes calls through REST to WFA to activate storage creation for cloud environments.  In …

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