To take the concept of automation to the most time consuming part of an IT infrastructure, rack and stack of a datacenter. What if there was a fully automated system of robots in a datacenter that was able to automatically service broken hardware, and replace disk drives and the like. The most time consuming step in deploying an IT infrastructure could be optimized. What are the caveats? Why hasn't it been done yet?
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Such a system would be far, far more expensive than human workers. You'd have to buy the robots, redesign racks and servers to be suitable for robotic maintenance, and you'd need a staff of folks to maintain the robots on top of all that.
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Develop a distributed computer, plan on parts failing and have the distributed computer self-heal until the humans can come in during normal hours, get a pull list, and swap machines.
ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgRWURIxgbU (though, these are gen 2 servers being shown)
No one says a failed machine needs to affect operations. And there's no reason a failed machine that doesn't affect operations needs to be replaced immediately.