No More Begging for Storage Automation

Written by:
Josh Atwell

Updated:
October 24, 2015

Topics
Automation Next Gen Data Center

Storage infrastructure, especially block storage, has long been the least extensible component of the automated data center. Much of this could be attributed to the relative complexity of most storage architectures for delivering LUNs. I am more inclined to believe that the biggest challenge regarding storage operations continues to be the lack of rich interface to programmatically interact. I am confident I’m not the only one who feels this way based on the operational efficiency numbers reported by ESG as a result of automation.

If you are reading this article, there is a good chance you’ve heard at least one of the following recently.

“Why does it have to take so long to provision new storage?”

“We need more ability to deliver and modify resources on demand.”

“We can provision compute and network dynamically, why not the storage?”

“What CAN we automate in the storage environment?”

“Can you create a shell script and a cron job to do that?”

Storage administrators are not the only ones burdened by this. Limited-to-no extensibility on the storage system becomes a large bottleneck in agile DevOps environments.

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