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Introducing HPE 3PAR StoreServ support for VMware vRealize Orchestrator

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HPE VMware vRealize Orchestrator_workflow_blog.jpgWe're excited to announce the launch of the new HPE 3PAR Plug-in for VMware vRealize Orchestrator that provides you with the ability to implement automation of HPE 3PAR StoreServ storage management.

As virtualization environments grow beyond a few hosts and virtual machines (VMs), IT automation becomes vital to provide services faster and more efficiently. Businesses of all sizes can benefit from IT automation.

With VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) and VMware vRealize Automation, IT staff can start small and grow the automation of services such as:

  • Provisioning and management of critical IT resources, such as servers (physical and virtual), software, networking and storage
  • Developing composite workflows to decrease infrastructure resource-provisioning time
  • Building service Blueprints (leveraging vRealize Automation) to create customized environments for development/pre-production testing

By using the HPE 3PAR plugin for vRO,  IT teams can build automated workflows extend their automation portfolio to HPE 3PAR storage arrays. The HPE 3PAR Plug-in for VMware vRealize Orchestrator complements a whole family of HPE integration software for VMware designed to enhance and streamline the management, automation and protection of VMware environments using HPE 3PAR StoreServ storage.HPE Management Automation Portfolio VMware.jpg
The HPE 3PAR Plug-in for VMware vRealize Orchestrator is free for all customers to download and use. Once the plugin is installed and you have your HPE 3PAR StoreServ array registered, the fastest and easiest way to start working with the new vRO plugin is to leverage the prebuilt workflows included.

These workflows allow a vSphere administrator to quickly and easily deploy and manage many of the common tasks (create, query, modify, and delete) that might be needed to manage your storage system with vSphere. Some examples of tasks that can be automated include: 

  • Connect and manage HPE 3PAR storage resources
  • Provision volumes
  • Create host groups
  • Export volumes
  • Create VMFS data stores from volumesHPE vRealize Orchestrator plugin_screen1.jpg

    The HPE vRealize Orchestrator plug-in communicates directly with the HPE 3PAR StoreServ REST API (WSAPI) and provides the following objects that provide additional management capabilities that can be used within workflows or passed to vRealize Automation as a resource: 

  • 3PAR Connection
  • CPG
  • VVSets
  • Hostsets
  • Hosts
  • Volumes
  • Snapshot
  • Tasks

Check out this example video:

The workflows included in the plugin should cover most common use cases and storage provisioning tasks. For those that want to extend the capabilities of the plugin, many built-in Actions can be leveraged to create custom workflows.HPE vRealize Orchestrator plugin_screen2.jpg

The HPE 3PAR plugin for vRealize Orchestrator also includes composite workflows that simplify and automate complex or tedious tasks within vRealize Orchestrator.

Examples:

  • Create 3PAR Datastore
  • Create 3PAR Snapshot for datastore
  • Delete 3PAR Datastore
  • Restore VMFS Datastore from Snapshot
  • And more!

These composites can be used as a step in a larger series of workflows to create a composable virtual infrastructure, at the click of a button:

  • Automate the creation of a new vSphere cluster from newly installed ESXi hosts
  • Configure or manage hosts within the HPE 3PAR array
  • Provision and manage storage to the newly created cluster
  • Deploy virtual machine

The HPE 3PAR plugin for vRO is only a small but powerful piece in your automation and Private Cloud initiatives.

Download and learn more

Here are links where you can download the plug-in for free and also read more about how to implement it in your own environment:

HPE 3PAR Plug-in for vRO Download

HPE 3PAR Plug-in for VMware vRealize Orchestrator Implementation Guide

Stay tuned for subsequent releases of the HPE 3PAR plugin for vRealize Orchestrator

While this is the first release of our HPE 3PAR plugin for vRealize Orchestrator plug-in, look for subsequent releases in the future as we continue to enhance its functionality and provide you with the potential of increased levels of automation with your HPE 3PAR StoreServ storage with vSphere.

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 Meet Around the Storage Block blogger Eric Siebert, Solutions Manager, HPE.  On Twitter: @ericsiebert 

 

 

 

 

 

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