A data center managed entirely by automated systems sounds like the setting for a science fiction movie. Yet human-less data centers are making their mark
"Darkness is gradually descending on data centers worldwide, and it has nothing to do with power failures or solar eclipses. The situation does, however, have everything to do with remote management and efficient data center operation.
The feasibility of a "lights out" data center model has been debated within the IT community for over a decade. Now, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced data centers worldwide to function with skeleton crews or even no on-site personnel at all, the concept is gaining greater attention, helped along by the growing availability of sophisticated monitoring and management tools.
"Innovation in this space is rapidly evolving, and a future filled with autonomous data centers optimized for machines and 100% lights-out may not be as far out as we think," observed Nicholas Merizzi, a principal at Deloitte Consulting..."
In their rush to recoup funds, many businesses are not following basic data erasure procedures
"Home working has rapidly become the norm rather than the exception for many. Google and Facebook have told staff they can work from home for the rest of 2020. Twitter has gone a step further and told staff they can work from home 'forever' if they wish. With many workers reluctant to return to the office even when it is deemed safe to do so, it is a trend that is not going to go away. So much so, that 82 per cent of UK businesses admit they are considering changing future working practices to allow more staff to work from home even after lockdown ends..."
In today's complex computing environments, staff in charge of company IT infrastructure have to be able to deal with a myriad of projects, all the while working to ensure computer networks operate smoothly for the user
"Paessler recently conducted a global survey highlighting the daily challenges most often faced by IT teams. Here we will discuss the top five biggest frustrations according to our research and how IT teams can ensure they are up to the task of tackling these challenges.
1. Network connectivity issues
It should come as no surprise that network connectivity issues are one of the biggest frustrations faced by IT teams. Forecasts predict there will be as many as 30 billion connected IoT devices by the end of 2020 and over 75 billion by 2025. In light of this, IT admins simply cannot afford to let the network fail..."