IT automation of the data center is all over the news these days, including in this week's Information Week cover story. HP buying Opsware. BMC acquiring RealOps. IBM is also in the automation game. CIOs and IT managers, as well as hardware and software vendors, have been talking about automating the data center for years, but it hasn't really taken hold in a big way. But those that have embraced it have benefitted greatly. Information Week points out that Visa, with its $1 trillion in annual transactions, has reduced its average time to detect and respond to some events from 20 minutes to one minute. At Visa, it's become a way of business. Automation in the data center brings benefits such as fewer mistakes, less downtime, smaller staff, and the ability to focus on only the bigger issues and problems.
Of course, defragmentation is rarely, if ever, at the top of automation projects. But when enterprises implement defragmentation projects, automation and simplicity is a key component. Which is why we have made automation a key part of PerfectDisk. The flexible automation capabilities is one reason why the United States' largest regulator for all securities firms uses PerfectDisk. Another is the wide range of warnings and alerts available in the Command Center. When we designed the Command Center, we talked with some of the largest companies in the world and they told us that the ability to provide alerts is important - and a key part of automation and reducing the amount resources expended.
As data centers get automated, we'll be there with them.