How Machine Learning Systems Will Affect Data Center Operations
As data centers grow worldwide — in both number and physical size — over the coming years, will employment opportunities also grow? Unfortunately, the increase in data centers doesn’t necessarily mean an increase in employment opportunities. In fact, major data center operations are now hiring fewer data center engineers, instead choosing to monitor the data center through smart technology and machine learning technology.
Smart technology is able to monitor the data center’s environment, such as the cooling and heating of the room — keeping the right temperature is especially crucial during warmer months, in order to keep maintenance costs down — in addition to monitoring the data center’s power, which is more of an issue during warmer months when power outages are likelier. While smart technology can sense many issues in the environment, it still can’t catch all issues, nor can it analyze the data that it collects. That’s where machine learning technology comes in by combining with Internet of Things devices in order to analyze video and sounds to help prevent data center issues.
Machine learning technology will improve day-to-day operations.
For example, machine learning technology will be able to analyze how certain weather conditions will affect the data center, which can help to prevent any power failures. Once an engineer gives the machine learning system data on the data center’s history — such as where multiple issues have occurred over time — the machine will be able to use that information to better protect and maintain the data center. Essentially, this helps “train” the machine learning system in its field, but without the possibility of human error.
Overall, machine learning technology will become a great asset for data center management. Although this type of technology is still young, it is worthy of a long-term investment. Once a machine learning system is properly trained for a data center’s specific operations, it will be like having a top-performing expert present at the data center at all times.
How will machine learning systems affect employment?
As far as data center employment goes, data center operations will become more focused on security and manual labor positions. After all, these are both incredibly important positions: with the increase in big data and data breaches, data security is now more important than ever before, and there will be a need for employees who can physically transport hardware, such as for data center migrations.
If you need assistance with data management or a large-scale data center migration, contact Silverback Data Center Solutions today.