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Data center storage architecture gets smarter with AI
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of May 2017, Vol. 16, No. 3
Infrastructure is getting smarter by the day. It's reached the point where I'm afraid artificially intelligent IT will soon turn the tables and start telling me how to manage my own personal "lifecycle." Well, I would be afraid if I believed all those AI vendors suddenly claiming they offer AI-powered infrastructure. Now, we all want smarter, more automated, self-optimizing infrastructure -- especially with storage -- but I don't see storage infrastructure components engaging in a human conversation with people about anything anytime soon. Storage is definitely getting smarter in more practical ways, however, and these changes are being seen in places such as data center storage architecture. I'm excited by the hot storage trend toward embedding machine learning algorithms aimed at key optimization, categorization, search and pattern detection tasks. Corporate data assets are growing, and so is the potential value that comes from gathering and analyzing big data. It's difficult to manually find those nuggets of data gold, though...
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