How annotation rules work in Unified Manager

An annotation rule is a criterion that you define to annotate storage objects (volumes, clusters, or storage virtual machines (SVMs)). You can use either condition groups or conditions for defining annotation rules.


You can create multiple condition groups, and each condition group can have one or more conditions. You can apply all the defined condition groups in an annotation rule of an annotation in order to annotate storage objects.

Conditions within a condition group are executed using logical AND. All the conditions in a condition group must be met. When you create or modify an annotation rule, a condition is created that applies, selects, and annotates only those storage objects that meet all the conditions in the condition group. You can use multiple conditions within a condition group when you want to narrow the scope of which storage objects to annotate.

You can create conditions with storage objects by using the following operands and operator and specifying the required value.

Storage object type Applicable operands
  • Object name
  • Owning cluster name
  • Owning SVM name
  • Annotations
  • Object name
  • Owning cluster name
  • Annotations
  • Object name
  • Annotations

When you select annotation as an operand for any storage object, the Is operator is available. For all other operands, you can select either Is or Contains as operator. When you select the Is operator, the condition is evaluated for an exact match of the operand value with the value provided for the selected operand. When you select the Contains operator, the condition is evaluated to meet one of the following criteria:

Example of an annotation rule with conditions

Consider an annotation rule with one condition group for a volume with the following two conditions:

This annotation rule annotates all volumes that include vol in their names and that are hosted on SVMs with the name data_svm with the selected annotation and the annotation type.

Condition groups

Condition groups are executed using logical OR, and then applied to storage objects. The storage objects must meet the requirements of one of the condition groups to be annotated. The storage objects that meet the conditions of all the condition groups are annotated. You can use condition groups to increase the scope of storage objects to be annotated.

Example of an annotation rule with condition groups

Consider an annotation rule with two condition groups for a volume; each group contains the following two conditions:

When an annotation rule containing these two condition groups is applied on storage objects, then the following storage objects are annotated: