the automation and infrastructure service provider, has launched its Autonomous
DC solution to allow data centres to be run in a fully automated
hybrid-cloud environment; managed through a single interface using RPA and
says its solution allows datacentre processes to be automated in a phased way,
at the appropriate speed to an individual enterprise, with the end goal being a
fully automated datacentre. Ultima’s Autonomous DC has been designed to
reduce the complexity in running on-premise infrastructure by using automation,
AI and machine learning to augment human resources.
Scott Dodds, CEO, Ultima says, “CIOs
have been talking for years about the holy grail of autonomous data centres,
but we’re doing it now. Businesses spend too much time and energy on dealing
with upgrades, patches, fixes and monitoring of their datacentres. The biggest
cause of network downtime is human error, so by automating these processes, we
are giving CIO’s and their staff the time to focus away from support and
management to look at strategy and innovation, and the tasks that will lead to
digital transformation and real business value.”
some data centres may be well run, most currently suffer from three critical
· Lack of consistency of support, for
example, humans make errors when updating patches or maintaining networks
leading to compliance issues.
· Lack of visibility for the business,
for example, multiple IT staff look after multiple apps or different parts of
the network with little coordination of what the business needs.
· Lack of speed when it comes to
increasing capacity or migrating data or updating apps.
a fully automated data centre where there is one overarching platform for
on-premise and public cloud with a single point for managing and controlling
the datacentre solves these issues. All migration, maintenance, upgrades,
capacity changes, auditing, back-up and monitoring is automated, and the
datacentre operates in a self-healing, optimum way at all times.
The new offering has already found
itself solving similar problems for three of its customers comments Matthew
Beale, Modern Datacentre Architect at Ultima. “We were moving three customers
from their end of life 5.5 version of VMWare and we recognised it would be
helpful to be able to automatically migrate them to the updated version,
so we developed a solution to do this. Where once it would have taken 40 days
to migrate workloads we’ve cut that in half, resulting in a 33% cost saving for
those companies. We then moved on to looking at other processes to automate.
want to take our clients on a journey to full data centre automation – rather
like moving from a manual drive car to driver assistance for a single then
multiple operations, to a fully autonomous ‘driverless’ car. Currently, humans
manage, monitor and operate the datacentre which requires manual tooling and
thresholding. The first level of automation provides information for
administrators to take action in a user-friendly and consumable way, moving to
a system that provides recommendations for administrators to accept actions
based on usage trends. From there automation leads to a system that will
automatically take remediation actions and raise tickets based on smart alerts.
Then you move to a fully autonomous datacentre utilising AI & ML which
determines the appropriate steps and can self-learn and adjust thresholds,”
Autonomous DC solution promises to allow businesses to adopt modern ways of
consuming applications such as microservices as well as modern ways of working.
Over 80% of organisations are either using or adopting DevOps methodologies and
it is critical to the success of these initiatives that the platforms in place
can support these ways of working whilst still keeping efficiency and