By Kristina Brand, NetApp Sr. Product Marketing Manager
NetApp first introduced OnCommand® Workflow Automation back in the winter of 2010 and I have had the privilege to learn how many customers are using Workflow Automation (WFA) to solve some very real business problems. In my world it’s easy to be myopic and think about what workflow automation can do for storage administrators and storage architects. But when you step back and look at the business as a whole, WFA can do a lot for your business. OK, so maybe the most direct benefit is that it alleviates a lot of headaches for storage admins and architects, but if you talk to the CIO or Sales you’ll hear how WFA is helping them look better too. Spinning up new services way faster than they did before, getting to market faster to drive revenue, and raising productivity to enhance their bottom line too. WFA isn’t a cure all, but it does help IT as well as the business in many ways such as:
The NetApp WFA team continues to work hard to deliver new enhancements and continually meet customer expectations, and last week we released OnCommand Workflow Automation 2.2 GA. Here’s a quick look at what’s new:
Today WFA comes with over 50 certified workflows out-of-the-box, plus the ability to create custom workflows using standard, certified workflow building blocks. We also have a very active OnCommand Workflow Automation community where our NetApp architects and subject matter experts, and your peers share their workflow examples. And if you don’t see what you need, you can just ask one of our experts on the community discussion forum. If you’re thinking about how you might use WFA, check out the How To videos or the Getting Started Series links on the WFA community. We’d love to hear what you think, so be sure to tell us on the community or as a question or comment below.
If you’re a NetApp customer and ready to start using WFA, you can download it from NetApp Support today.