Reducing Risk in OpenStack with NetApp Part 1: Encryption 

Welcome to part one of a series on reducing risk in OpenStack with NetApp.  Whether you are already running OpenStack, or are considering running it, the security of your data should always be at the forefront of your thoughts.  NetApp has many features that work in concert with our OpenStack drivers to give you piece … Read more

Automate the configuration of ONTAP systems for OpenStack with Puppet

Puppet is a configuration management utility that operates in a Server -> Agent method.  Desired configuration states are defined in manifest files, and when agents or devices are updated, any changes in these manifests are pushed to the end nodes.  NetApp has published Puppet modules for ONTAP, SolidFire, and E-Series with PuppetLabs.  The git hub … Read more

Infrastructure as Code using Terraform and NetApp Service Level Manager

Terraform is a popular tool from HashiCorp that’s widely used by data center admins for managing and provisioning infrastructure as code. In this blog, let’s look at how to use Terraform and NetApp Service Level Manager (NSLM) for provisioning a LUN in ONTAP. Before we start, this blog assumes a couple of things: You have (some) … Read more

Getting started with Ansible Playbooks can be addictive! Here’s how you can get yourself hooked!

Ansible? Playbooks? Modules? Confused? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there… Alright, let’s start off with the basics. What is Ansible? In a nutshell, Ansible is an open-source IT automation tool that can help you simplify complex configuration, management, and application deployment. There are quite a few good reasons for Ansible’s rise in popularity, such as … Read more

Ansible modules for NetApp Storage Platforms: Making Configuration Management Awesome with Ansible

I very clearly remember the first time I wished I could automate something. Now although we still do not have a way to automate school homework (sigh), the Ansible modules for NetApp’s Clustered Data ONTAP, SolidFire, and E-Series platforms are finally available! During NetApp’s Insight Event at Las Vegas (which was awesome by the way), … Read more