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Monday, October 28, 2013

Ease your daily work with Netapp's new work flow automation (WFA)

OnCommand Workflow Automation (WFA) is a software solution that helps to automate 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:

• Provisioning, migrating, or decommissioning storage for databases or file systems
• Setting up a new virtualization environment, including storage switches and datastores
• Setting up storage for an application as part of an end-to-end orchestration process
Storage architects can define workflows to follow best practices and meet organizational
requirements, such as the following:
• Using required naming conventions
• Setting unique options for storage objects
• Selecting resources
• Integrating internal configuration management database (CMDB) and ticketing applications

WFA features

WFA includes the following features:
• Designer portal to build workflows
The designer portal includes several building blocks such as commands, templates, finders,
filters, and functions that are used to create workflows. The designer enables workflows to
include advanced capabilities such as automated resource selection, row repetition (looping), and approval points.
• Execution portal to execute workflows, verify status of workflow execution, and access logs
• Administration portal for tasks such as setting up WFA, connecting to data sources, and
configuring user credentials
• Web services interfaces to invoke workflows from external portals and data center orchestration software.

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