The massive growth in data and the speed at which businesses operate today mean that manual monitoring, troubleshooting, and remediation is too slow to be effective and can put businesses at risk. Automation can make day-two operations almost autonomous. Ideally, the data center provider would have API access to the infrastructure, enabling it to inter-operate with public clouds so that customers could migrate data or workloads from cloud to cloud. Data center automation is predominantly delivered through software solutions that grant centralized access to all or most data center resources. Traditionally, this access enables the automation of storage, servers, network, and other data center management tasks.
Data center automation is immensely valuable because it frees up human computational time and:
- Delivers insight into server nodes and configurations
- Automates routine procedures like patching, updating, and reporting
- Produces and programs all data center scheduling and monitoring tasks
- Enforces data center processes and controls in agreement with standards and policies