In a recent post, we highlighted the challenges of managing storage infrastructure, especially at the enterprise level. As your storage needs grow, your infrastructure requires more time and resources to manage.
Tedious datacenter tasks can become a massive undertaking for your IT teams (when they should be working on big-picture development instead). Worse yet, the more time they spend configuring storage, the greater the risk of human error. It’s a disaster waiting to happen, and the costs will continue to balloon as your infrastructure expands.
Thankfully, datacenter automation is changing everything.
At Anexinet, our latest storage automation software can vastly streamline your datacenter-management processes, free up your IT resources and make your infrastructure more agile.
Here’s how it works.
How Storage Automation Software Works
With Anexinet’s storage automation software, organizations can dramatically increase efficiency across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure. Our storage automation solution is built on Ansible, which is open-source software that automates cloud provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, intra-service orchestration and many other processes.
As storage limitations or space issues arise, our software automatically detects the issue and auto-fixes at the array layer. From there, software communicates via APIs to other appliances, so the automation continues its way up the stack: hypervisor data site, OS filesystem expansion and so on.
The software can rapidly perform an extensive range of processes that would traditionally require numerous complex tasks, carried out individually by IT personnel.
Use Case for Storage Automation Software
Let’s take a closer look at how the software automates processes as storage issues occur.
In this scenario, imagine that your storage on a virtual machine is nearing depletion. Traditionally, you would likely need to manually confirm that space was indeed limited before you could determine the next steps for reconfiguring the VM or expanding storage.
Our software detects when storage is depleted and automatically performs the appropriate steps, based on the specific situation.
- If there is any space left on disk, the software expands the partition and the problem is resolved.
- What if there is NOT any space left? The software goes to the vCenter API and increases the disk size if space is available on the datastore. It then expands the partition and the task is complete.
- What if there isn’t any space left on disk and there isn’t any space left on the datastore? The software then goes to the backend storage API (e.g. HPE Nimble API) and increases the space allocated to the datastore. Then it goes back and increases the virtual disk size via the vCenter API. Finally, it expands the partition, as above, and the issue is resolved.
Benefits of Storage Automation Software
All of the example steps highlighted above are performed automatically within mere seconds – speed that is simply impossible to match with human involvement.
Additionally, the software will detect and track if anything fails during any step of these processes. Built-in error reporting and integration with a trouble ticket system ensure that any unexpected issues can be quickly resolved.
Learn More About Our Storage Automation Software
Contact us for more information on how you can transform your business with intelligent storage automation software from Anexinet. Contact [email protected]
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