Automate: Data fabric’s no-brainer

We constantly strive to find new ways of removing work and saving you money (cue the applause!). With our automation technologies embedded in your data fabric, you’ll have less to manage, more to spend, and consistently better data consistency.

Why automate?

The problem with employing most automation today is there’s nothing automated about it. Figuring out where, when, and how to automate using a hodgepodge of different solutions leaves you second guessing if the efficiency gains are even worth it.

On the other hand, the payoff of smart integration is enormous. Once your systems are beautifully integrated and managed from as few control planes as possible, strategic automation can be more easily put in place. The benefits? Try flexible consumption models with improved cost governance, predictive analytics, and AI-driven compliance monitoring… just to name a few.

Manual labor is for the salt mines

When infrastructure management involves duplicated efforts across multiple data centers, clouds, and at the edge, it’s just, well, value-subtractive. An adaptive infrastructure, on the other hand, accelerates time to market by giving you the power to allocate computing resources when needed for only the duration needed. Automating the boring stuff across your data fabric frees up your people to focus on the things they actually enjoy doing.

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Try a little underspending for a change

Ask yourself: How efficiently is your storage being used? Automated data provisioning facilitates DevOps productivity, but it comes at a price… literally. The antidote to this overspending is automated cost optimization, which only NetApp can do. Our optimization tools continuously analyze your environment to find the perfect balance of cost, compute, and instance type—reserved, spot, or on demand—based on real-time insights, and then automatically score you the best deal.

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Yes, you are seeing double

To keep your dev teams moving forward, nothing is more crucial than consistency. Updates will only work if you know the dev environment is 100% consistent with the live production environment. With NetApp Snapshot™ technology, you gain the ability to cost-effectively ensure dev/test environment consistency without hogging all the storage. More to the point, automating repeated tests reduces human error by ensuring the test is done—and done right—every time.

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Automation doesn’t eat, sleep, or need coffee

Automation isn’t a magic wand you wave over your hybrid infrastructure. Automation is an ongoing practice that’s honed over time. It should enhance your organizations’ strategy for data management, not replace it.

The way you automate, and the tools you adopt to do so, must conform to your needs—not the other way around. Figuring out which processes are currently executed manually—but would be better performed automatically—is the first step. If the test or task is going to be performed often and is unlikely to change, consider automating it. If you want to reach Cloud SecOps Sensei status, consider permissions, access, and security as a part of your overall automation strategy before you start, not as an add-on later.

NetApp tools enable on-the-fly cloud tiering and automated provisioning, which allows the delivery of instances on-demand by allocating and delivering computing resources when needed for only the duration needed. On top of that, NetApp provides extensive built-in security features that ensure encryption, security, backup, and data integrity.

Featured customer story

As the world’s third largest insurance broker, Willis Towers Watson struggled with a manual data cleanup process that was quickly draining resources. NetApp technology helped them automate their storage processes and free up employees to work on higher-value projects.

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The highly automated capabilities of Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Cloud Manager remove the burden of keeping our storage in the cloud secure, backed up, scalable, cost-efficient, and highly performant.

Rod Segrav | ICT Solutions Architect, Willis Towers Watson

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Automate products

The broad range of automation technologies built into NetApp products allow you to create an infrastructure that adapts automatically based on your changing needs for compute power, cost savings, bandwidth, capacity, and other key variables.

Spot Ocean: Pain-free container infrastructure management

Spot Ocean by NetApp® helps ensure availability and optimize costs for containers the pleasant way… automatically. By continuously analyzing how your containers are using infrastructure, it automatically scales compute resources to maximize utilization and availability with the optimal blend of spot, reserved, and on-demand compute instances.

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Cloud Volumes Platform: Wall-to-wall automation

The NetApp® Cloud Volumes Platform enables near-instantaneous point-in-time backup and recovery of your production data, while helping you cost-effectively ensure environment consistency. In addition, it lets you seamlessly automate the fast provisioning of NFS v3 and SMB file-based workloads in the cloud. And its capabilities are available through RESTful APIs to help you create and manage cloud volumes and develop provisioning scripts and tools.

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Astra Control: Show your Kubernetes some love

Astra Control is an application-aware data management solution that manages, protects, and moves data-rich Kubernetes workloads in both public clouds and on-premises. The Astra Control platform also addresses your data protection, disaster recovery, and migration use cases for your Kubernetes applications.

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NetApp + Ansible

Application deployment, configuration management, and orchestration—powerful automation all from one system.

NetApp Cloud Manager

A centralized control plane to manage, monitor, and automate data across your hybrid cloud.

Spot Eco by NetApp

Seize the biggest cloud discounts with automated optimization for AWS Savings Plans and RIs.

NetApp Cloud Data Sense

Automated controls and reporting to help you find anything, anywhere, anytime.

Additional resources

What else is there you should know about automation? Plenty. From blog posts and customer stories to white papers and checklists, our goal is to make it simple for you to become an automation expert and use that knowledge to drive innovation across your organization.

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Let’s build your data fabric

Helping customers build their data fabric is what we do. We can’t wait to learn more about where you are today and where you want to go. Rest assured, together we’ll build the data fabric that will get you there.

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A recipe for innovation

Well-organized data allows you to provide a continuously improving customer experience. The award-winning recipe? A robust data fabric comprised of the six capabilities below. Partner with NetApp to rein in, consolidate, de-silo, and organize everything that matters from edge to core to cloud.

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From storage to data, gain the visibility to monitor availability, performance, and usage across your entire system.

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Seamlessly integrate your data fabric to make it simple and consistent to access your data wherever and whenever.

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Reduce the number of manual tasks so you have more time to focus on things that deliver more value.

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Cost, performance, or both, continuously optimize the infrastructure you have today and tomorrow.

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Simplify end-to-end data protection in the event of an outage, disaster, or ransomware attack.

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Confidentiality, availability, and integrity of your data is easy when it’s driven by sophisticated AI.

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