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3 ways AI will reshape data centers

January 04, 2021

3 ways AI will reshape data centers
Did you know ninety percent of the world’s data was created in the last two years alone? It’s safe to say, the future of business lies in data. And for businesses themselves, the future lies in data centers, both for those who own them or those who rely on their services. The data centers that dominate the market will be the ones that are the most efficient. But how can data center managers hope to analyze the petabytes of data necessary to create a cohesive strategy that leads to greater efficiency? With Artificial Intelligence (AI).  AI is poised to help data centers everywhere get a whole lot smarter and more efficient through targeted analytics and strategic automation. In fact, AI could quickly become an industry standard feature all data centers need to compete. Here are a few examples of how AI will reshape data centers as we know them:
#1 - Cybersecurity
The number one challenge facing any data center is security. What good is all that data if you can’t keep it safe? With data breaches on the rise, data center managers need all the help they can get when it comes to securing facilities and infrastructure. With its ability to analyze patterns en masse, AI is ideally suited to help. By ingesting large volumes of network behavior data, a set of ‘normal’ network parameters can be established. This allows AI to identify network behavior in real time that falls outside these parameters and initialize threat analysis and data breach protocols, if necessary.
#2 - Optimization
One of the ways data centers can be improved is through optimization. Analyzing data center ‘data’ can reveal the status of operations and how they can be improved. The problem is the amount of data that needs to be crunched is potentially enormous—but AI makes it possible to analyze huge amounts of data (and create optimization strategies) faster than ever before. Everything from data center workloads to energy efficiency can be improved this way. How many virtual machines should you be running? Should you invest more or less in hybrid architecture? Thanks to AI, these and other questions can be answered, making hyper-efficient data centers a reality.
#3 - Automation
The world is filling up with data. It’s estimated that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is produced every day, and data centers are at the center of it all. In order to process these unthinkable amounts of data requires a lot of operations and maintenance. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could automate some (or all) of these operations, freeing up our human decision makers to focus on bigger, more important decisions? Well, now we can. AI automation can dramatically reduce the amount of human brain power necessary to perform repetitive tasks, which means data center personnel can be repurposed (or reduced in size) to focus on those bigger, more difficult tasks. This all helps boost overall operational efficiency, including cost savings. Who doesn’t want that?
These are just a few examples of how AI is reshaping data centers. Physical security, infrastructure orchestration, energy efficiency and other data center ops can all benefit from AI’s analytical and automatic abilities. Those who don’t bother to invest in AI tech now risk falling behind in the race to do more with all that data.
For more information on how artificial intelligence can help your customers create more efficient data centers, email the experts at Ingram Micro.


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