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Data Center Automation: Greater Speed with Reduced Costs and Complexity

By Dick Weisinger

Data center automation is the improvement and speeding of operations within a data center facility. It involves the automation, monitoring and maintenance of tasks and processes that have traditionally been handled manually by human operators.  Potential benefits include reduced staff workload, reduced costs and better security management.

The data center automation market was nearly $6 billion in 2017 and is expected to grow to more than $16 billion by 2023, according to a marketing report by 360 Market Updates.

The three areas now most commonly automated in data centers are patching and updating, configuration management, and request management, like storage provisioning and user registration, according to a survey by ZDNet.  The survey found that roughly three-quarters of those businesses that have automated their facilities experienced operational efficiencies.

Automation has the potential to make operations less error prone.  Gartner says that “more than 80% of all mission-critical IT service outages are due to people and process errors and failures, with a significant number of those due to a lack of coordination among change, release, and configuration management.”

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