IDG Contributor Network: Data Center Automation and the Software-Defined Database

If you take a step back for a moment and think about airplane flight, it turns out that something rather extraordinary is happening. Most of the time the plane is being flown by an autopilot and the pilot is actually kind of a “meta pilot” – a minder that watches to ensure that the autopilot is not doing anything dumb. And every year, millions of us entrust our lives to this system – we’re not only okay with it, we’re in fact impressed that an auto-pilot can do that stuff so effectively. Against that backdrop, now consider how extraordinary it is that we don’t have computer software that can “fly” a data-center. Don’t bet that it will stay that way. It is changing, and the changes are going to have big consequences.

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