Handling the Human Side of State and Local Data Center Automation
The state and local IT teams are offered few discrete advantages by data center automation which includes the ability to stretch resources about budgets and personal bandwidth. According to a statement by Durham, N.C., Senior Network Engineer Seth Price in State Tech, moving to a software-defined data center architecture and automation has a lot to do with visibility, scalability, and flexibility.
Automating data center is beneficial for the state and local IT teams in numerous ways which also means more than upgrading hardware. According to 451 Research Chief Analyst Eric Hanselman, it includes changes to policies, personnel, and procedures which at times could be challenging to manage than changes to the underlying IT.
According to Hanselman, Four Tips for a Steady Move to Automated Data Centers includes:
• Enabling that all employees get on board- Cultural change management is necessarily a tricky part, mainly when employees think that their job is at stake. If appropriately implemented, automation of recurring, low-level tasks can free employees to see works that are challenging.
• Monitoring systems- All-system visibility ensures IT to figure out probable potential potholes that tend to bring in challenges in a virtual environment, where processes are generally not clear.
• Capturing businesses and processing data- To automate processes teams need to understand and know what they are and which parts of infrastructure should they depend upon.
• Setting up consistent rules- When running hybrid data centers, it is essential to utilize the same policies and procedures on-premises as well in the cloud.
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By Michelle Billingsley, CIO, Blue Care Network of Michigan