Angela MaGill

Program your SAN with next-gen automation. Yes, really!

Blog Post created by Angela MaGill Employee on May 23, 2018

Data center modernization is no longer a choice but a necessity. It’s the foundation for making sure critical data is available where, when, and how you need it to accelerate time to value, to transform the business.


By now, you’ve probably heard about Hitachi Vantara’s Data Center NEXT announcement, based on flash-powered and hybrid next-gen VSP storage and AI operations software. Data Center NEXT is our fastest inroad to bringing you agile data infrastructure, complete data protection and intelligent operations—everything you need to modernize your data center of things.


At the heart of it all is automation. We’re talking about artificial intelligence (AI)– and machine learning (ML)–powered autonomous operations and the next wave of data innovation. Cool, right? So, what does it mean for your SAN and the end-user experience?


We’re opening up the SAN—with the same programmability enjoyed by traditional DevOps organizations—to support digital transformation outcomes. It means optimized, one-policy provisioning of the SAN architecture to improve IT responsiveness, prevent errors and meet SLAs. And, it means boosting alignment between systems and software for services-oriented delivery models and better ROI.


The new Brocade G630 Switch and network automation software allow you to fast-track SAN automation your way. When you automate Fibre Channel, you accelerate everything.


Learn more about Hitachi Vantara Data Center NEXT by watching this video.


Using Brocade G630 with Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) and Hitachi Automation Director (HAD) will orchestrate delivery of the systems and software that power your business. Think worry-free infrastructure and repeatable excellence.


For those of you on the DevOps side, automating tasks may be nothing new. For the SAN, it’s a leap in the fewer-headaches, self-managed DC direction. Together, Hitachi Vantara and Brocade Storage Networking (BSN), a division of Broadcom, Inc., have created a strategy founded on open, common API platforms (REST, Ansible and Python (See Figure 1.) These scripting languages and templates help with automating repetitive tasks, speeding app deployment and encouraging communities to collaborate.


Figure 1: SAN Automation for Digital Transformation

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Let’s chat about a simple use case: SAN zoning.


Network admins use zoning to separate the SAN into units and allocate storage resources to those units as required. By cordoning the network into zones, you can distribute the processing activities—load balance—so no one device gets overloaded. It’s also used as a security measure to keep one group’s data isolated and protected from any other group or user. An example would be keeping stored private financial database information insulated from basic email servers.


Brocade G630 was built with advanced network analytics and seamlessly integrates with HAD. These technologies furnish SAN admins with salient insights into network health and performance while automation adeptly handles low-latency and monitoring demands.


Stay tuned as Data Center NEXT and Brocade continue the journey of making autonomous operations a reality for SAN architecture and beyond. To learn more now, view this video:


Brocade automation overview