Artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to impact enterprise IT and data centre operations in the near term. When IDC points to worldwide spending on cognitive systems and AI climbing from US$8 billion in 2016 to more than US$47 billion in 2020, we know the impact to data centre infrastructure will be profound, and not just because of the exponentially increasing need for hardware to crunch huge data volumes. Obviously, organisations will be looking beyond the data centre alone to leverage AI.
One area is energy efficiency, power and cooling. Data centre managers can apply an algorithm to self-optimise energy consumption, so that a data centre can autonomously adjust its power and cooling systems. This is traditionally a manual process, and a daunting task when the data centre can have hundreds of air-con units with thermostats. Usually a human being needs to monitor the effects of temperature changes on various IT workload levels with regard to the energy usage and the utility bill.
Read the full article titled “What Does AI Mean for Your Data Centre Today?” to get the lowdown on what low hanging fruits data centre operators should look out for right now and how AI-enabled operational efficiencies can be planned over the next few years.
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This post may contain excerpts from an article entitled “What Does AI Mean for Your Data Centre Today?” published in The Business Times on 2 May, 2018.