IT Automation: The Quest for "Lights Out"

First edition; 190 pages
ISBN: 0-13-013786-3
( by:Howie Lyke with Debra Cottone )
IT Automation


Data center automation in distributed environments: Practical advice and proven tools!

Everyone wants a “lights out” data center and infrastructure operation – but in an era of distributed, Internet-centered computing, that’s tougher to accomplish than ever. IT Automation: The Quest for Lights Out can get you remarkably close to the level that’s right for you. In this book, a leading IT consultant helps you define realistic goals for automating your IT data center and infrastructure, and then delivers a systematic, enterprise-level methodology that encompasses today’s best approaches to achieving those goals, from planning through deployment and management. Coverage includes:

  • Analyzing your own operation to identify gaps and requirements for automation
  • Designing IT automation: steps, operations, and key considerations
  • Addressing the organizational and staffing challenges associated with data center and infrastructure automation
  • Redefining your technical architecture and administrative processes for maximum efficiency
  • Selling your IT automation plan throughout the organization
  • Identifying post-deployment continuous improvement techniques for enhancing your “lights out” operation

IT Automation: The Quest for Lights Out contains all the hands-on resources you need to get results: sample project plans, process flows, IT org charts, and more. If you’re an IT executive, operations manager, consultant, or vendor seeking to enhance the value of enterprise data centers, this is the one book that will get you there.

About the Authors

Howie Lykeis a senior Principal for Change Technology Solutions, Inc., which provides leading edge services for midsize to Fortune 100 companies. He is co-author of Networking the New Enterprise (Prentice Hall PTR, 1997).

Debra Cottone is a consultant with over 20 years’ experience in communications, change management, and business development. She holds a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, where she is an adjunct faculty member.

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