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Key Point

  • Automate and standardize your storage processes. Adhere to best practices.
  • Deploy reliable customized turnkey storage for key applications.
  • Integrate with orchestrators for self-service, IT-as-a-service, and cloud.
  • Speed time to market for delivering new services.
  • Reduce the cost of managing growing storage.

Get one-click self-service and cloud service delivery with OnCommand Workflow Automation.

Improve productivity in your organization by automating repeatable manual storage-management processes. Use OnCommand Workflow Automation to construct, customize, publish, and activate a broad range of storage workflows.

You can:

OnCommand Workflow Automation enables one-click automation and deployment of applications, including VMware, Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, Citrix, and others. Reduce the cost of your storage management while enabling the use of best practices—choose OnCommand Workflow Automation.

OnCommand Workflow Automation is a software solution that offers "one-click" automation for key storage processes. You can automate storage management tasks such as storage provisioning, migration, decommissioning, and cloning. You can use WFA to build workflows that do exactly what your processes require. It provides a robust workflow design interface and a rich set of predefined content to simplify the workflow development process. There is also a significant amount of content available for download from the NetApp OnCommand Workflow Automation Community site, which can be customized to meet your requirements.

Workflow Automation comes with predefined, supported base building blocks, including the ability to customize and extend the system to suit specific needs. It also features a web service API to allow WFA workflows to be triggered from virtually any enterprise orchestration application. Workflows are made available through a web services interface for use by vCO and vCAC by using representational state transfer (REST) protocol requests. The workflow package described in this document provides integration between WFA, vCO, and vCAC, allowing for WFA workflows to be called by vCO or vCAC.

Workflow Automation relies on OnCommand Unified Manager (OCUM) to maintain status information about the storage infrastructure—available storage controllers, the presence and state of aggregates, volumes, and so on— and the allocation of storage into resource pools. Workflow Automation collects this data from OCUM and stores it in a local cache on a regular basis. Workflow Automation can also collect and make use of data from vCenter and VMware vCloud Director.

At its core, OnCommand Workflow Automation is a software solution that helps automation of storage management tasks such as provisioning, migration, decommissioning, and cloning storage. You can use WFA to build workflows to complete tasks specified by your processes.

A workflow is a repetitive and procedural task that consists of sequential steps, including the following types of tasks:

Storage architects can define workflows to follow best practices and meet organizational requirements, such as the following:

Using Required Naming Conventions

OnCommand Workflow Automation Features

WFA includes the following features: