Simplifying the Transition to Software-Defined Data Centers, the NetApp OnCommand Portfolio Speeds Deployment and Eases Data Management Challenges

Enhanced Storage and Data Management Software Automates Storage Provisioning, Provides Deeper Analytics for Optimal Storage Utilization, and Improves Service Delivery

Glenn Rhodes, Senior Director of Product Marketing, NetApp
"As organizations begin the transition to software-defined service delivery, optimal storage and data management will be critical to their success. Organizations must have the ability to monitor trends in their data center, understand performance goals and the attainment of those goals, and improve control over their storage environment. NetApp’s new OnCommand product offerings directly enable our customers to focus on rich, integrated, automated IT service delivery."

News Summary
NetApp helps IT accelerate the industry transition to software-defined data centers by providing a set of patented storage and data management technologies designed to accelerate storage provisioning, automate repetitive manual tasks, increase availability, and improve operational efficiency in both SAN and NAS environments.

NetApp today introduced OnCommand® Performance Manager, new software to monitor and troubleshoot a customer’s clustered Data ONTAP® environment. In addition, the company introduced technology updates to NetApp OnCommand Unified Manager, OnCommand Workflow Automation, and OnCommand Insight, providing further storage management, automation, and protection for faster IT service delivery.

With OnCommand, enterprises of all sizes can better enable, control, automate, and analyze a cost-efficient storage management infrastructure. With Data ONTAP at their core, OnCommand tools help IT optimize storage utilization, meet service-level agreements, minimize risk, boost performance, and deliver nondisruptive operations.

News Facts
By updating its OnCommand portfolio, NetApp now enables customers to better control a clustered data ONTAP environment, driving down storage costs, improving service delivery through open integration, and maximizing investment by providing flexible reporting and cost analysis for IT to C-level executives. Furthermore, the new offerings include advanced analytics and fully integrated monitoring of capacity, availability, performance, and protection plus automation for a successful transition to a software-based service delivery model.

Today NetApp outlined its new and updated patented OnCommand product portfolio, which includes the following.

  • OnCommand Performance Manager: Leveraging powerful analytics, Performance Manager provides users with automated performance troubleshooting and monitoring of clustered Data ONTAP environments. With large amounts of data moving around dynamically, issues may arise. Performance Manager gives storage administrators the ability to know whether a cluster or volume is experiencing a performance issue and then identifies which resources are impacting volume response times. The limits of "normal" performance are automatically calculated and continually adjusted based on workload patterns. This new insight allows the identification of abnormal behavior and the correlation of events across multiple affected volumes to quickly identify the source of the problem, saving organizations time and money. Performance Manager can be operated from within OnCommand’s Unified Manager or as a standalone application.
  • OnCommand Workflow Automation 2.2: Workflow Automation 2.2 gives users the ability to automate, define, adjust, and schedule storage processes with reduced errors, along with the flexibility to meet the changing needs of a user’s IT infrastructure. Because software scripting expertise is not required, storage professionals can also design highly customized workflows using standard building blocks. A simple portal allows requests to be executed with one-click automation, giving organizations the ability to deliver services more quickly and more efficiently. Workflow Automation integrates with third-party orchestration solutions to provide policy-driven service delivery and it contains more than 50 workflows in its library, including but not limited to provisioning, migrating, and decommissioning storage; setting up a new virtualization environment; setting up storage for an application; setting up the NetApp and Cisco® FlexPod® platform or virtual desktops; performing storage cloning; automating data protection with NetApp SnapProtect® and Snap Creator™ framework; and conducting a centralized activation of NetApp SnapManager® software.
  • OnCommand Unified Manager 6.1: Monitoring capacity, availability, performance, and data protection, Unified Manager provides users with an overarching view of the health of their storage environment. A user-friendly dashboard provides a status report on key metrics and details of multiple NetApp storage systems. Users now have the ability to quickly view whether there are issues—graded critical, error, warning, or information— then prioritize, understand, and troubleshoot them. Enhanced event and alert capabilities further allow IT to manage their clustered Data ONTAP environment proactively.
  • OnCommand Insight 7.0: For enterprises and service providers who are required to manage their virtualized and cloud environments, OnCommand Insight 7.0 provides a solution that enables storage cost management, rationalization, and optimization of storage services. In addition, Insight 7.0 offers reliable service availability through analysis of storage allocation, chargeback for applications and tenants, performance, and configuration troubleshooting, and it highlights risks to enable infrastructure availability across all major storage vendors and their platforms. Insight 7.0 is enhanced with a new web interface focused on the user experience. It provides a highly scalable architecture to track small to extremely large environments, delivering visibility into how applications map to their infrastructure and the impact of changes, redundancy, bottlenecks, and workload placement, which better determine utilization and/or further purchasing. Advanced analytics provide accurate cost and usage information along with detailed reports on a customer’s heterogeneous environment. Service providers can leverage the chargeback reports to view each customer; his or her applications; VMs, VM costs, and actual capacity by gigabyte; the type of service; and the service cost.

About OnCommand Portfolio
As IT organizations face numerous challenges—such as explosive data growth, increasing virtualization, and the introduction of private or hybrid cloud environments—companies continually seek solutions that will help them to successfully meet these challenges. The NetApp OnCommand storage management software portfolio is comprised of a range of products for use with NetApp and multivendor storage, including device-level management, automation and integration, and enterprise storage resource management. Our OnCommand software-defined storage products provide flexibility and scalability to meet business needs today and the changing needs of the future.

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About NetApp
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