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Bypass Data Center Outsourcing Competition Smartly with Intelligent Automation Services

by Rene Buest  |  September 24, 2018  |  1 Comment

Currently, data center outsourcing (DCO) providers spend 70% to 80% of their IT budget on operations and maintenance of data centers. However, clients increasingly expect year-over-year improvements in service quality and performance, coupled with multiyear price reductions. These market conditions

  • Force DCO service providers to focus intently on service delivery effectiveness to address rising customer expectations regarding service quality and reliability.
  • Call for improvements of operational efficiency.
  • Require a shift in spending from keeping the lights on to optimization efforts.

The drive to deliver against these demands requires providers to adopt an increasing amount of automation in the data center. But providers struggle to know which areas to focus on and how much they should aim to automate each area.

Intelligent Automation - The Art of the Possible

Gartner research has identified a focused approach to automation, which providers can adopt within their infrastructure operations to deploy intelligent automation services (IAS) to stay competitive. For example, our research found out that the average time to manually resolve a web server outage event is around 14 minutes. While an IAS solves the same issue in six minutes — 2.3 times faster.

IAS has an immediate effect on agility and speed as well since it

  • Can perform multiple functions at the same time
  • Has access to all the needed information immediately
  • Works at consistent quality levels

Some DCO providers told us that they already can resolve more than 400 incidents automatically via a self-healing mechanism of their implemented IAS.

Intelligent automation is immediately imperative for success in data center outsourcing and will determine who the winners are in the future.

To learn more and identify operational areas to apply intelligent automation read the full research note “How to Invest in Intelligent Automation as a Data Center Outsourcing Provider”. (paywall)

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Rene Buest
Research Director
1 years at Gartner
20 years IT Industry

Rene Buest is a Senior Director, Analyst in Gartner's Tech CEO Research and Advisory team. Primary research coverage is infrastructure services and digital operations as well as managed services and intelligent automation. Read Full Bio


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  1. […] Intelligent automation is a promising approach to address these challenges. However, delivering on the promise of scalability, an intelligent automation solution depends on the accessible information it can leverage to run infrastructure environments autonomously. The more access an intelligent automation solution has to a continuous growing set of information and the more an intelligent automation solution learns over time, the smarter it gets and the more it acts autonomously. […]



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