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Surprising Number of Data Centers Fail to Automate Management Tasks

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Surprising Number of Data Centers Fail to Automate Management Tasks

November 06, 2015

  By Laura Stotler, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Data centers have been steadily evolving to meet the demands of cloud computing, becoming virtualized, more energy efficient and more cost effective. Surprisingly though, automation of many routine data center tasks still isn’t prevalent in the enterprise.

The new “State of the Data Center” report from Intel (News - Alert) DCM found that 43 percent of data centers are using manual methods to handle capacity planning and forecasting, two important tasks when it comes to data center infrastructure management (DCIM). The statistic is surprising considering the number of automation technologies and solutions available coupled with the trend toward streamlining and efficiency when it comes to data center operations.

Panduit is one of the companies leading the market when it comes to automation of data center infrastructure management. In fact, the company was named a visionary in Gartner’s (News - Alert) recent 2015 DCIM Tools Magic Quadrant.

“Many customers experience challenges maximizing the use of their physical infrastructure resources,” said Marc Naese, senior vice president and managing director of Panduit’s Data Center business unit. “This leads to inefficient data center operations which may lead to premature capital expenditures in new data center build out. Capacity management is a key component in Panduit’s SmartZone Solution that optimizes power, space, cooling and connectivity to extend the life of the data center.”

With solutions like Panduit’s readily available, it’s surprising that so many data centers are opting to handle capacity planning manually. According to Intel, many data center operators simply may not be aware of the automation solutions they can take advantage of. Another possibility is that some solutions may be too complicated or expensive, driving operators to handle management tasks on their own.

Unfortunately, the Intel research found that lack of space and power constraints were the two main challenges faced by data center operators. DCIM automation solutions tackle those issues head on, freeing up operators to focus on other areas of operation. Intel ultimately believes that simplification and education around automation solutions and technologies will go a long way toward getting them implemented on a broader scale.

Edited by Maurice Nagle
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