"Whoever plans and builds networks today sets the course for several decades." Reichle & De-Massari (R&M) points to this decisive moment in a recently published market outlook for 2019. R&M recommends that network planning - be it for public broadband networks, private data networks or data centers - be more precise than ever. says R&M CMO Andreas Rüsseler.

In a series of articles, we now go into the trends in detail. Here in the area of automation in data centers. 

Automation in the data center 

In connection with the growth of data center infrastructures, R&M identifies another important shift in direction: automation relating to the documentation, compliance, monitoring, and management of infrastructures. Andreas Rüsseler says: “In order to be economically viable and time-efficient, the complex co-location and hyperscale data centers need to be automated. Administrators can no longer manually control infrastructures with thousands of connectors and corresponding IT equipment, nor can they operate them in a fail-safe way. In the future, many of the day-to-day processes will be based on automated documentation in order to cope with their scale. This will include planning the roll-out of new generations of networks and devices, asset lifecycle management, and “move, add and change” projects. Going forward, automated infrastructure management (AIM) and data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is a must.” 

“It will be virtually impossible to manage the many future edge data centers locally,” adds Andreas Rüsseler. Remote solutions with automated monitoring will be required to do this. He sees even further potential, especially for edge data centers: “Assistance systems and augmented-reality solutions can help operators remotely control, manage and make optimal use of edge data centers.” 

R&M emphasizes that future-oriented planning is also now imperative in this area. Andreas Rüsseler says: “The course for the effective use of AIM or assistance systems in the data center must be set early on in order to ultimately achieve perfect network control, precise asset management, and reliable end-to-end visibility.” 

The Uptime Institute underscores this assessment: Data centers need to increase the pace of change in network provision—through automation and analytics, for example. According to the institute, the emergence of 5G, increasing cloud adaption, and the explosion in the number of IoT devices will further increase the demands on the network. The development is already foreseeable. According to forecasts, the AIM market will grow by 15% each year until 2023. 

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