IT - Operations

Data center automation is being pushed along by efficiency, digital transformation, multi-cloud and hardware-as-a-service models

"Data center automation is likely to accelerate due to a series of trends -- hardware as a service, cloud, multi-cloud and agility -- that are all converging.

When we first looked at the state of data center automation in 2018, the buzzwords were software defined and digital transformation. However, a TechRepublic survey found that 60% of respondents didn't automate any data center functions yet.

What a difference three years and a COVID-19 pandemic made..."

Digital‌ ‌transformation‌ ‌is‌ ‌predicted‌ ‌by‌ ‌some‌ ‌to‌ ‌bring‌ ‌a‌ ‌new‌ ‌era‌ ‌of‌ ‌availability,‌ ‌resilience,‌ ‌ and‌ ‌performance for enterprise and SMBs both.‌ ‌But‌ ‌getting there it‌ ‌is‌ ‌far‌ ‌from‌ ‌an‌ ‌easy‌ ‌task

"The concept of the digitally integrated data center is certainly generating a lot of ink. Digital transformation is predicted by some to bring a new era of availability, resilience, and performance.

But it is far from an easy task. And there's one reason why.

There are plenty of companies that have been around for decades. Their data centers and application mix will parallel that. This means a blend of ancient mainframe applications from the sixties and seventies that have to be digitally integrated with systems, protocols, and platforms encompassing every decade since. And all of these systems have to be made cloud-ready to match modern preferences..."

The number of data center outages is growing, but IT infrastructure is expanding much faster

"The pandemic was just one factor among many believed responsible for changing patterns of data center outages in 2020. While the overall number of data center outages appears to still be growing, its rate of growth is being outpaced by the rate of IT infrastructure expansion - meaning, individual facilities may be experiencing fewer incidents, according to new data released by Uptime Institute..."

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