Say Yes to Data Center Automation

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Say Yes to Data Center Automation

Data centers and the IT professionals that manage them face constant changes and challenges. Each day brings new and more complex issues with many twists and turns. In fact, the only thing that IT professionals can really count on is change. But, there is one constant in the IT industry and it is the greatest challenge the industry faces: The need to boost speed and efficiency while cutting costs at the same time. Despite this challenge, let’s discuss different ways to reach data center automation.

After all, IT professionals can only do so much in a day, which is why data center automation(DCA) comes into play. By automating some of the processes in a data center, IT professionals get the help they need and relieve some of the burden that is continually pressing their department. Additionally, data center automation can help the IT department focus on and solve the pressing issue of increasing speed and efficiency while reducing cost.

Benefits of Data Center Automation

Repetitive tasks. Imagine a day of work without constantly doing the same cumbersome task over and over. Many of the tasks the IT department performs daily are repetitive, but also necessary, and often vital to the health of your data center. However, some of these tasks could also be completed with automated services. This reduces the stress level of your IT employees while increasing your data center’s productivity.

System refreshes and upgrades without disruption. Updating and upgrading the organization’s systems is a massive burden that is put on an IT professional’s shoulders. This often requires IT employees spending long hours, late into the night, performing system maintenance and updates to avoid disrupting the end-user during work hours. By implementing data center automation, organizations can schedule and automate refreshes, updates, and backups to take place without them working into the wee hours of the morning.

OpenStack managementOpenStack software can control significant amounts of storage, computing, and networking resources, all with a managed dashboard. Utilizing DCA helps you manage these multiple resources within your data center without wasting too many manpower resources. Companies that use this type of operating system can use the flexible software to either simplify their data center management or build and create a cloud environment.

Application lifecycle management. Many organizations charge their IT department professionals with the task of managing applications within the data center environment from inception to completion. Automation tools for application lifecycle management processes streamline workflows, processes, and information management throughout a given application’s lifespan.

Security and compliance management. Companies that manage highly sensitive information like health and financial records have to account for regulatory compliance when they consider different data center automation tools. Automation systems that include data access log management, patch management tools, and scanning tools reduce this burden for IT professionals.

Cost benefits. Reducing costs is one of the chief tasks an IT department faces. Data center automation has proven to reduce costs in the IT department by automating many day-to-day operations and tasks.

Is Data Center Automation Right for You?

If you haven’t considered data center automation, then it’s time to give it some more thought. It’s vital for every IT department to have the ability to access and use the power of data to help drive an organization’s goals. Data center automation is a tool that not only offers company’s benefits but also allows IT personnel to focus on speed, efficiency, and reducing costs.

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This article was first published on New Era Technology.

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