Month: June 2012

Puppet integration with NetApp

I was look at the puppet forge the other day and noticed that NetApp integrates with Puppet which made me smile. Take a look here:

I have copied some of the readme notes. Here is an extract

NetApp operations

As part of this module, there is a defined type called ‘netapp::vqe’, which can be used to create a volume, add a qtree and create an NFS export. An example of this is:

netapp::vqe { 'volume_name':
ensure        => present,
size          => '1t',
aggr          => 'aggr2',
spaceres      => 'volume',
snapresv      => 20,
autoincrement => true,
persistent    => true

This will create a NetApp volume called ‘v_volume_name’ with a qtree called ‘q_volume_name’. The volume will have an initial size of 1 Terabyte in Aggregate aggr2. The space reservation mode will be set to volume, and snapshot space reserve will be set to 20%. The volume will be able to auto increment, and the NFS export will be persistent. To be honest, that is awesome if you need to build up and automate say infrastructure deployments.

I have used many auto deployments tools in my time, but I have never seen such a great adoption as I have done with Puppet. This just proves it. Why is this? Well, I think the main reasons are that puppet is open source and it doesn’t require you to lock your self in with a particular product, i.e. it runs on CentOS, WIndows, Ubuntu etc. It is also very flexbile and you code it in a way that doesn’t require integration with the target node. So in the example, NetApp is completely unaware of puppet, so NetApp needs no integration. This is because puppet can interact with the NetApp Manageability SDK Ruby libraries. How cool is that?

A great example of how good opensource can really be.

Hoorah to Puppet and NetApp!