IBM Storage at your service courtesy of IBM Spectrum Control and VMware vRealize Automation
In today's emerging or, I would say, stabilizing world of IT cloud, everything needs to be delivered in "as a service" fashion. Because of this there is a growing demand for any IT solution to be available as a service. Organizations are thinking creatively to come up with the new IT solution as a service and then there are organizations who are developing cloud platforms which help other organizations quickly deploy their cloud solution. And this is where the race has begun.
There are end users or the business opportunists who do not want to waste time in designing and implementing a solution and then selling it. They want to start their business in a very short time. They are ready to rely on the organizations who provide this type of platforms to make their solution available in a short time. The platforms would help in building either public cloud or private cloud or both i.e. hybrid cloud depending of their need.
There are various vendors in the market who themselves provide the whole platform and also integrate with other vendors to build a unique platform which will help build the cloud. In today's world, it is very necessary that if a product is being developed, it has to take into account of how it can be integrated into the cloud or how it can enable cloud platform.
There are various enablers of cloud ranging from top layer to the bottommost layer of the cloud solution. IBM Spectrum Control is one of those enablers which provide the efficient infrastructure management for the cloud, virtualized and software defined storage. It simplifies and automates storage provisioning, capacity management, availability monitoring and reporting.
IBM Spectrum Control will also be an important factor in the success of IBM Spectrum Storage offerings by providing a control plane that is capable of provisioning and monitoring of storage in cloud or on-premise with the control of defining it in the software. The software defined storage characteristics of IBM Spectrum Control allows itself of receiving the storage definitions from the top layer with the help of interface made available for cloud providers or enablers. The interfaces are made available in the form of plug-ins developed for a specific cloud vendor. For example, IBM Spectrum Control Base Edition provides plug-ins for VMware vRealize Orchestrator, VMware VASA, VMware vRealize Operations, VMware vRealize Automation, etc.
With the help of IBM Spectrum Control Base Edition and VMware vRealize suite, a cloud architect can design various cloud solutions and can deliver these various solutions in a "as a service" fashion. One such very useful solution for cloud environments is "Storage as a service" using IBM storage. In this solution, an architect can design a service using VMware vRealize Automation, VMware vRealize Orchestrator, IBM Spectrum Control Base Edition and IBM XIV storage system and make storage available as a service wherein an end user, if entitled to, can avail the service by requesting a storage space for its VMs.
VMware vRealize Automation with its Advanced Services can deliver almost anything as a service (XaaS). The Advanced Services of vRealize Automation allows a cloud architect/administrator to advertise vRealize Orchestrator workflows as a service. Whatever workflows that are designed in the vRealize Orchestrator can be exposed from vRealize Automation. The 'IBM Storage plug-in for vRealize Orchestrator' which is a component of IBM Spectrum Control allows vRealize Automation to define or provision the storage as per the administrator or user need.
For more details on how "storage as a service" can be implemented using IBM Storage, IBM Spectrum Control and VMware vRealize, refer the technical paper.
Also refer the recorded demos below :
Demo: IBM Spectrum Control & VMware vRealize Automation - Configuration
The video demonstrates the configuration flow of the integration of IBM Spectrum Control Base Edition, IBM XIV, VMware vRealize Orchestrator and VMware vRealize Automation to enable a 'Storage as a service' solution. This video also demonstrates the creation of volume, mapping a volume and creation of datastore from the vRealize Automation web console.
Demo: IBM Spectrum Control & VMware vRealize Automation - Datastore Creation
This short video demonstrates the creation of datastore upon a user request from VMware vRealize Automation and IBM Spectrum Control Base Edition playing a part to seamlessly create a volume in storage for datastore.
For more information: https://www.ibm.com/systems/storage
Disclaimer: Above are my personal thoughts and not necessarily of my employer.