The Automated Data Center: Two Layers of Technology Innovation

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In addition, poorly controlled and managed change is responsible for approximately 80% of all unplanned outages and incidents. Panduit Industrial Automation Advisory Services works to help address these issues by examining your current environment and providing recommendations for optimization around efficiency and automation. Further automation technologies help align data center power, cooling, environmental, and overall management all together to create one intelligent control layer.

  • Automation in the future. The future of data center automation and orchestration will see even more integration between the logical and physical layer. Data center technologies will be able to communicate more closely with the workloads that they are carrying. Furthermore, robotics and other automation technologies will help alleviate challenges around outages, scalability, and overall data center management. As the data center evolves, so will all of the technology that supports it. We saw robotics enter warehousing, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and many other verticals. It’s only a matter of time until more automation and robotics are incorporated into everyday data center functions. Already, we are seeing greater data center distribution as more bandwidth and resources become available. Data center in Iceland become popular for super-efficiency cooling and power mechanisms. The large amount of bandwidth running through those data centers makes it completely feasible for an organization in Europe or Asia to deploy or utilize a data center located many miles away. These data centers will grow as more users and workloads are placed within their walls. From there, the management and control process will need to change as well. Common management practices just won’t be enough for the future of the cloud and all of the new ways that we’re consuming information.

The data center model is going to continue to advance quickly. More systems and users will be placed inside of the data center environment and even more data will be traversing these systems. The current trends around data center utilization are all showing direct growth.

According to the latest Cisco Cloud Index Report, “the amount of data center traffic is already 2.6 zettabytes per year-and by 2017 will triple to reach 7.7 zettabytes per year.” The report goes on to state that, “Cloud traffic will represent 69 percent of total data center traffic by 2017. Significant promoters of cloud traffic growth are the rapid adoption of and migration to cloud architectures, along with the ability of cloud data centers to handle significantly higher traffic loads. Cloud data centers support increased virtualization, standardization, and automation. These factors lead to increased performance, as well as higher capacity and throughput.”

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About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the National Director of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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