90% of enterprises plan to have fully autonomous data centers

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Enterprise data centers were manned and manually operated by personnel, who had to be there for potential maintenance tasks. However, advancements in AI are changing things, according to an IDC report backed by Huawei.

The report talks about a new kind of datacenter where the automation levels are comparable to what’s been done for autonomous driving.

For datacenters, this means that the operations have to be computer-controlled for the most part and intelligent systems handle maintenance. The processes will include everything from detecting issues to resolving them, based on how a human would, accounting for both intent and experience.

As IDC puts it, enterprises struggle to guarantee application and data resilience.

The pandemic exposed some problems

Amid a pandemic, failing to guarantee resilience, has become a huge problem. We are relying on datacenters to be the nervous systems of businesses that have been flung far away from their physical locations.

Enterprises are not planning to automate their data centers. Between 20% and 30% of the surveyed businesses, said that they plan to have full automation today and over 90% are planning to do the same in a multi-year timeline.

The IDC report shows some significant things in technical decision making because it identifies the problem and gives a roadmap to incrementally resolve the issue.

What now?

Huawei is pitching something called CloudFabric that will give datacenters “L3 autonomous driving” and notes that using AI and machine learning to achieve the proper conditions will help with problem awareness and solution execution even though it somewhat relies on humans to analyze and then make the proper decisions.

Even though IDC notes that organizations at any level of datacenter autonomy can move to the next step, it is worth remembering that the enterprises leverage assistance from trusted third parties and vendors. Only time will tell what can be achieved and how it will work.