Deploy StorSimple Virtual Array for Cloud Solution Provider Program

Overview

StorSimple Virtual Array can be deployed by the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners for their customers. A CSP partner can create a StorSimple Device Manager service. This service can then be used to deploy and manage StorSimple Virtual Array and the associated shares, volumes, and backups.

This article describes how a CSP partner can add a customer or a new subscription to an existing customer and then create a service to deploy a StorSimple Virtual Array in CSP.

Prerequisites

Before you begin, ensure that:

  • You are enrolled under the CSP program.
  • You have valid Partner Center login credentials. The credentials enable you to sign in to the Partner portal to add new customers, search for customers, or navigate to a customer account from the Partner dashboard. The CSP can function as a StorSimple administrator on behalf of the customer in the Azure portal.

Add a customer

If you add a customer, a subscription is automatically created. To add a customer (and automatically create a subscription), perform the following steps in the Partner portal.

  1. Go to the Partner Center and sign in using your CSP credentials. Click Dashboard.

    Dashboard in Partner Center

  2. In the left-pane, click Customers. In the right-pane, click Add customers. Enter the details of the customer. Click Next: Subscriptions to create a customer subscription.

    Add customer

  3. Select Microsoft Azure offer. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Review.

    Review subscription information

  4. Review the information and click Submit.

    Submit subscription

  5. Save the confirmation information for future reference.

    Save confirmation

  6. Find or navigate to the customer you just added. Click the Company name to drill down into the details.

    Search for the customer

  7. In the left-pane, select Service management. In the right-pane, under Administer services, click Microsoft Azure Management Portal to sign in as an Azure administrator for your customer.

    Log in to Azure portal

  8. To create a StorSimple Device Manager, click + New and search for or navigate to StorSimple Virtual Device Series. For more information, go to Deploy a StorSimple Device Manager service.

    Create StorSimple Device Manager service

Add a subscription

In some instances, you may have an existing customer, and you need to add a subscription. To add a subscription to an existing customer, perform the following steps in the Partner portal.

  1. Go to the Partner Center and sign in using your CSP credentials. Click Dashboard.

    Dashboard in Partner Center

  2. In the left-pane, click Customers. Find or navigate to the customer you want to add a subscription to. Click the Expand check icon icon to expand the row for the company name for your customer. In the details, click Add subscriptions.

    Customers

  3. Check Microsoft Azure for the Top offers in the subscription and click Submit. This creates a new subscription.

    Add new subscription

  4. After a new subscription is created, click <-- Customers in the left-pane to return to the Customers page. Search for the customer for whom you just created a subscription. Click the Company name to drill down into the details.

    Search for the customer

  5. In the left-pane, select Service management. In the right-pane, under Administer services, click Microsoft Azure Management Portal to sign in as an Azure administrator for your customer.

    Log in to Azure portal

  6. To create a StorSimple Device Manager, click + New and search for or navigate to StorSimple Virtual Device Series. For more information, go to Deploy a StorSimple Device Manager service.

    Create StorSimple Device Manager service

Next steps