In a blog article in back in July, I introduced the RES ONE Automation Connector for Nutanix that utilizes the powerful RES automation fabric and RES ONE Service Store workflows to make it possible for administrative users to create and manage Nutanix Acropolis (AHV) virtual machines while still providing administrators control over access and resources. This includes the provisioning and deployment of virtual machines via a self-service portal, based on the organization’s policies. IT can also automate the return of virtual resources based on policy-driven workflows and allow administrative users to modify virtual machine resources based on predefined criteria.
Today, RES has released enhanced capabilities for the RES ONE Automation Connector for Nutanix to allow both automated and self-service actions in creating and managing Nutanix Protection Domains (PD). A PD is a collection of virtual machines that are grouped together and backed-up on the cluster. Optionally, these backups could be replicated to remote sites. RES allows administrative users to now create their own PDs, customize their own data back-up schedule and control which virtual machines to add to their PDs.
Empower the workforce with self-service
Administrators can enable others to manage their own PD back-up and recovery preferences. Based on the policies defined in RES ONE Service Store, this could include both creating one or more PDs and defining a full backup schedule for each. This is a more controlled approach of allowing administrative users to create a PD and have an administrator defined schedule applied to the new PD. The RES connector coupled with the RES ONE Service Store workflow gives IT the flexibility to tailor the solution to best fit their organization, based on pre-defined qualifications.
About the RES ONE Automation Connector for Nutanix
The RES ONE Automation Connector for Nutanix can be found on the RES Success Center as a single downloadable msi. Within the download, you will find:
RES ONE Automation tasks:
Quick Start Guide: Overview, System requirements, Use cases
Sample RES ONE Automation modules and runbooks: Shows usage for each task
Sample RES ONE Service Store service: Basic services to help customers jumpstart their service delivery
RES ONE Automation help: Selecting F1 from the task window provides detailed help section on configuring the automation task:
After installing the RES connector, administrators can use the sample modules to quickly begin building their specific RES ONE Automation modules and runbooks, and then include those runbooks in their own RES ONE Service Store workflows or utilize the RES ONE Service Store sample included with the Connector. The default installation directory for building blocks is: C:\Users\<>\Documents\RES ONE Automation Packs\Nutanix.
RES ONE Automation Connector for Nutanix has been enhanced to not only improve provisioning and management of the Nutanix environment, but to improve the flexibility of back-up and recovery activities. The combination of automation and self-service will streamline your deployment of Nutanix infrastructure, enabling the business to get more out of their Nutanix investment and IT to increase adoption rate.
One important thing to remember is that not only can RES help with requests, but IT can automate many daily activities with increased control and better security and compliance, laying the foundation for IT as a Service.