What’s New with OnCommand Workflow Automation 2.1? New Workflows and More.

By Kristina Brand, OnCommand Product Marketing and Vishwas Venkatesh, OnCommand Product Management


Back in June, NetApp announced clustered Data ONTAP 8.2, and you’ve probably heard a lot about the key features, such as non-disruptive operations, proven efficiency and seamless scalability. In August, we released a number of OnCommand management products that are compatible with 8.2, such as OnCommand Unified Manager 6.0, Report 1.2, Balance 4.1.1 and Workflow Automation 2.1 (also known as WFA). I want to give you a quick snapshot of the list of new features you’ll see in WFA 2.1—including the “New Sample Workflow” support for clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 to help you get started in your clustered environment.


New OnCommand Workflow Automation 2.1 Features:

  • Support for Unified Manager 6.0
  • New clustered Data ONTAP workflows & content additions for Infinite Volume, Quality of Service (QoS), non-disruptive operations (NDO) and protection workflows
  • User input enhancements
  • Cache query remodeling
  • Test the new SQL query builder interface
  • Usability enhancements & Getting Started video
  • Performance Advisor data source as part of easy setup








New Sample Workflows

Workflow Automation comes with a number of pre-built, sample workflows that you can use or modify to meet your needs. The main focus for the new workflows is to help you take advantage of all of those great clustered Data ONTAP benefits I mentioned.


One of the new, out-of-the-box workflows is for Storage Virtual Machine (Vserver) and Infinite Volume management. This workflow lets you create and configure a Vserver with Infinite Volume, add a performance storage class, add a capacity storage class, setup the data protection, and expand an Infinite Volume without storage classes – automatically!


The new workflow for Quality of Service lets you create a clustered ONTAP volume with a policy group. QoS workload management allows you to control the resources that can be consumed by storage objects, such as volumes, LUNs, VMDKs, or Storage Virtual Machines to manage performance spikes and improve service delivery (and customer satisfaction). Another new workflow is focused on non-disruptive operations, which will allow controller and shelf upgrade of an HA pair. And finally, we’ve included a number of workflows for data protection (the screenshot to the right shows just a few examples).

So now you can create:

          • Data protection schedules and policies
          • A SnapVault relationship
          • A SnapMirror relationship
          • SnapVault then SnapMirror cascade
          • SnapMirror the SnapMirror cascade
          • SnapMirror then SnapVault cascade


If you’re thinking about using WFA, be sure to check out the WFA community and browse the Getting Started Kit, intro and “how to” videos, and other workflow examples and templates. Keep in mind that OnCommand Workflow Automation works with Unified Manager.


To learn more about how you might benefit from using clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 and some of our data protection solutions, check out the ESG Lab Validation Report from June 2013.

Check back next week to learn more about what’s new in OnCommand Workflow Automation 2.1!


Stay tuned!