Hey Storage Administrators and Architects, Want To Make Your Life Easier? See What Workflow Automation Can Do For You.

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:

  • Increased efficiency by automating and standardizing manual, repeatable processes
  • Integration with your existing systems to extend and build on the value of your existing infrastructure
  • Drastically cutting down the time it takes to deliver new services, speeding up time-to-market
  • Improving customer satisfaction as a result



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:


  • Certified workflows for data protection with SnapMirror and SnapVault
  • Support for Data ONTAP 8.2.1, OnCommand Unified Manager 6.1 GA, VMware® vCenter™ Server 5.5
  • Ability to create versioning for entities to better manage changes in WFA entities
  • Selective export of WFA content Active Directory configuration on Storage Virtual Machines


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.



dchilton Netapp Alumni

Nice job in pushing forward easy automation strategies for Clustered ONTAP.  Sign me up!


Thanks Dan, happy to get you on the path!