by Simon Quicke
An era of unmanned data centres is drawing nearer as environmental and economic factors drive users towards a world where the technology takes the strain.
David Pritchard, senior technology strategist at Fujitsu Siemens Computers, said that by 2012 the number of unmanned data centres would be greater than those being looked after by staff.
"More and more people want to get to the point where they want lights-out data centres. Instead of having one server to manage, it is a much more complicated environment," he said.
He added that there had been a swing in attitude from customers who were now keen to use unmanned and, in increasing numbers, outsourced data centres.
"The pace of change is accelerating and there is a level of acceptance [of relying on technology]," he said.
Andrew Smith, business development director for data management solutions at Affiniti, said it was experiencing a surge of demand from customers that were interested in letting someone else run their data centre.
"We are talking to customers that five years ago would not have entertained talking to us about the data centre," he said.
Smith added that customers were starting to recognise that handing over the responsibility of managing a data centre was no longer a major issue.
"We are airtight and they know it is our responsibility," he claimed.