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Look closely at IT automation trends before rushing in
This article is part of the Modern Infrastructure issue of May 2017, Vol. 6, No. 5
Automation is the focus in many data centers, and the term has achieved the sort of buzz that cloud did a few years ago. Everyone is scrambling to adopt IT automation trends. In some cases, IT pros are unsure even what or why to automate, but that doesn't stop them from going full speed ahead. IT personnel have a huge range of products designed to help them automate data center tasks, but taking that first step can be daunting. While there are plenty of resources available to help you get started, they won't answer the most basic question: Why are you looking to automate? There are a dozen Automation benefits to explore, ranging from cost savings to speed of delivery. While accurate for some shops, many people see these potential advantages and don't stop to ask whether automation will actually help their IT environment. Your business is unique, and so is your data center. Your specific situation may or may not benefit from automation. When not to automate Like cloud computing, automation is one of the most important ...
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