Management simplicity and operation efficiency constitute the top demand for large enterprise management today. As workload data becomes more diverse, storage needs have become more complex. Yet, the goal is to simplify to reduce cost and increase efficiency.
The problem of complexity needs to be addressed in a way that doesn’t feel complex. Instead, technology should manage the complexity for you. And that is exactly the challenge NetApp tackled with NetApp® Service Level Manager software.
NetApp Service Level Manager (SLM) is a new product that is new industry leading product. SLM provides a kind of automation platform for delivering storage as a service (StaaS) for on-premises deployment and enables you to become an on-premises cloud storage service provider. SLM software has an automation engine that provides intelligent provisioning and workload management. It also radically simplifies storage automation at scale through a service-centric, RESTful interface. Uniquely, you get a balance of performance, service agility, and cost in a single place.
With SLM, the administrator or architect defines storage service level classes that reflect the combinations of performance and capacity that exist in their IT environment.
The following SLM dashboard shows information for all the workloads and a complete view of the data center’s available space and performance. Automation architects can perform all the necessary tasks for service level management, such as defining service level classes, in addition to configuring and managing NetApp ONTAP®, NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, and NetApp OnCommand® Unified Manager instances. After the storage service level classes have gone through a one-time setup, administrators can easily provision storage by specifying how much storage capacity is needed, and from which storage service level class, and they are done. It’s that simple.
In fact, it is so simple that you can even allow operators with minimal training to deploy storage capacity repeatedly and predictably as needed—knowing that company standards have been met for price/performance.
NetApp Service Level Manager ships with rich set of features which spans across multiple areas. Achievements towards management simplicity, automation scale, Zero touch provisioning can be summarized as follows across the following discipline,
Vishwas is a Manager in Product Management Group for Manageability Products . He is with NetApp for over ten years and has deep understanding of the IT Management, Security and Storage industries. Prior to NetApp, Vishwas has worked with large corporations like Dell EMC, HP to name a few.
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