Special report: A guide to data center automation (Free PDF)

This special report from ZDNet and TechRepublic examines data center automation and what functions companies automate. It also delves into why some companies hesitate to automate. Download it as a free PDF ebook.
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What's the future outlook for Big data? Even bigger data, which puts today's data centers at the nerve center of the enterprise. Data center automation powers new levels of agility and digital transformation initiatives. ZDNet and TechRepublic journalists launched a special report examining just how data center automation improves the enterprise. The report details automation initiatives, tools, best practices, and challenges. Here's a look at what's in this free PDF ebook.

For this feature, ZDNet and TechRepublic writers researched companies on the leading edge of data center automation. Macy Bayern presents a case study, which provides insight on how North America's Liberty Mutual insurance company successfully used automation to improve customer and employee experiences within its data center. Alison Rayome Denisco reviews the 10 data center automation vendors you should know.

What exactly do companies store in their data centers? Connor Forrest explores the top 10 things companies keep in their own data centers. While James Saunders lists the eight signs you could be automating more of your data center.

Also in this ebook, Charles McLellan cautions how even though there is plenty of demand for IT automation among enterprise tech decision-makers, a lot of application and infrastructure modernization is needed before digital transformation can really take off.

James Saunders explains how learning vicariously from organizations with tens of thousands of servers deployed around the world can help companies avoid costly mistakes in server deployment and management. Tech Pro Research, ZDNet's sister site, surveyed professionals about their data center automation strategies. The results of that research are summarized in an infographic.

To read all these articles, plus details on original research from ZDNet sister site Tech Pro Research, and data center automation case studies, download the free PDF ebook A Guide to Data Center Automation.

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