Unmanned datacentres will be commercially operational and will outnumber manned datacentres as soon as 2012, according to Fujitsu Siemens Computers.
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A growing number of datacentres in the UK run on a "lights out" basis where operational management is carried out remotely or automatically. Strategists at Fujitsu Siemens Computers have predicted that there will be an increased level of datacentre automation in the not too distant future.
Dave Pritchard, senior technology strategist at Fujitsu Siemens Computers, said, "Tomorrow's datacentre will resemble more of a "one man and a dog" set-up - the dog is there for security and the man is there to feed the dog."
Thanks to virtualisation, datacentre designs are becoming simpler, Pritchard said, allowing them to be run remotely.
This trend is set to continue, he said. "Analysis, configuration and optimisation, all tasks that need personnel to be present, will gradually become part of the software and systems, removing the need for people on site," he said.
This could adversely affect datacentre jobs, according to Pritchard. "Datacentre managers, infrastructure managers, engineers, analysts and technicians would all be impacted. IT staff are no strangers to change, but these developments bring change right into the heart of the IT department."