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IT Automation: The Quest for Lights Out by Howie Lyke

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Foreword

By Debra S. CottoneEditor, Lights Out

There are many books, articles, and reference materials about data center technologies. So, when Howie Lyke approached me with the opportunity to edit a book on data center automation, I wondered who could possibly want or need another technical manual with limited shelf life.

I soon learned that Howie's book would be about people and the processes they use to choose, infuse, and implement technology successfully. These concepts would be illustrated by stories about good and bad choices from experiences with clients of all sizes. The book would offer practical, field-tested exercises and methods.

In addition, Howie wanted Lights Out to address the management of change due to increased automation. And, ...

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