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8/31/2016
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9 Data Center Automation Tools IT Pros Should Know

Pressure to increase productivity and deliver greater business value while limiting headcount has many organizations considering data center automation. Fortunately, there are many tools available to get it done. Here are nine to know if you're thinking about automating all or part of your data operation.
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OpenStack

If you have been thinking about taking part of your infrastructure to the cloud it's likely that you've heard of OpenStack even if you're still trying to work out precisely what it is. According to the supporting organization's website, 'OpenStack software controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, managed through a dashboard or via the OpenStack API.' That's nice, but there's still room for learning about the software.

OpenStack is an operating system that helps build a cloud infrastructure or (and here's where it gets interesting for data centers) manage local resources as though they were a cloud. That means automating the building, tear down, and management of virtual servers and other virtualized infrastructure. Since OpenStack is open source, there are several distributions, many implementations, and lots of consultants and integrators just itching to help you out. OpenStack is still being developed and enhanced but that hasn't kept many companies from embracing it as the way forward for their cloud and data center automation framework.

(Image: OpenStack via openstack.org)

OpenStack

If you have been thinking about taking part of your infrastructure to the cloud it's likely that you've heard of OpenStack even if you're still trying to work out precisely what it is. According to the supporting organization's website, "OpenStack software controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, managed through a dashboard or via the OpenStack API." That's nice, but there's still room for learning about the software.

OpenStack is an operating system that helps build a cloud infrastructure or (and here's where it gets interesting for data centers) manage local resources as though they were a cloud. That means automating the building, tear down, and management of virtual servers and other virtualized infrastructure. Since OpenStack is open source, there are several distributions, many implementations, and lots of consultants and integrators just itching to help you out. OpenStack is still being developed and enhanced but that hasn't kept many companies from embracing it as the way forward for their cloud and data center automation framework.

(Image: OpenStack via openstack.org)

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8/31/2016 | 9:20:36 AM
The data center of the future
I keep on hearing that the data center of the future is fully automated. Human will perform remote controls and make changes and adjustments as it's necessary. But the data centers will be isolated, mostly in cold regions. Since data will only keep on growing, the use of remote areas will be good places for fully automated data centers. -Susan
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