By Kristina Brand, OnCommand Product Marketing and Vishwas Venkatesh, OnCommand Product Management
Last week I provided an overview on the new OnCommand Workflow Automation 2.1 and some of the sample workflows that support clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 features. This week, I’ll touch upon some of the other new features and capabilities in WFA 2.1.
Support for Additional Data Sources
With this latest release of Workflow Automation (also referred to as WFA), you can add OnCommand Unified Manager 6.0 and 5.2 as data sources. So if you’re thinking about transitioning to Data ONTAP 8.2, or if you have a 7-Mode or mixed mode environment, then a single instance of WFA will provide support your needs. To further simplify data source setup, the WFA 2.1 “easy setup” wizard now supports the addition of Performance Advisor (in Unified Manager 5.2) in just a few simple steps. You can also configure WFA to notify you through email and SNMP messages if a data source acquisition fails.
In addition you can write a cache query and reuse it across multiple data provider types, instead of copying all the queries when a new data source is added. For example, you can use a cache query for the volume object with both the OnCommand Unified Manager 5.1 and 5.2 data sources. This is another great little feature that can save you time when setting up your new data sources.
WFA 2.1 includes a number of enhancements that improve the overall user experience. Here’s an overview of the latest:
Keeping the user experience top of mind, in this latest release you can configure the following settings through the “Advanced tab” in the workflow automation configuration dialog box.
If you’re new to OnCommand Workflow Automation, I encourage you to visit the WFA community and check out workflow examples , template examples, and more. There’s also a WFA Starter Kit if you’re ready to jump in and try WFA for yourself. We’d love to hear what you think after you’ve tried WFA, so feel free to comment below.