The power and benefits of using NetApp® Active IQ® Digital Advisor have been espoused for quite some time. Now I want to bring to your attention one of the hidden gems that is sometimes overlooked in the long list of fantastic features that you get with Active IQ. And that treasure is the Active IQ API Services module.
Active IQ API Services are for when you want to use automation to add efficiency to your workflows. Inside API Services lives the API Catalog, which describes over 100 different API endpoints that are grouped into 20+ different service areas. These APIs are available to you as a NetApp customer, and they span many different areas of interest, such as system information, storage efficiency, performance, health, and upgrades.
If you’re new to the API concept, APIs are interfaces that enable you to write simple code that can contact Active IQ, programmatically and bring back data into your compute environment. You can write your code in such a way that it contacts Active IQ every day and brings back the latest data in the areas that are of interest to you. You can then use this data to populate your ticketing system or to create your own dashboards, webpages, or reports. The Active IQ API Catalog has both code samples and a facility for you to try out the APIs right in the browser.
Automation with APIs is a great way to add efficiency and accuracy to daily or weekly repetitive tasks. It frees up your resources to perform more complex activities or to attack the workflows that haven’t been automated. For example, if you have system health risks that need to be fixed, you can automate at least the pullout of those items from Active IQ and the push into your ticketing system.
To get started, you just need to head over to Active IQ Digital Advisor and click the Quick Links icon on the header, and then select API Services from the menu. Click the registration icon, and you can get quickly set up to begin generating tokens and using the APIs. I wish you the best of luck in your automation journey.
Cory Cataldo is a product manager at NetApp, where he has worked on various tools for the past 10 years. His passion is to guide his teams to create tools that save NetApp customers time, money, and energy. He works out of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. When he is not working on the next big NetApp feature, Cory spends time waterskiing, wakeboarding, and surfing with his boat crew. Catch him on @NetApp_Rocks.