ROOT Data Center, a wholesale colocation data center provider based in Montréal, Canada, has planned to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to reduce the risk of data center downtime. ROOT Data Center has partnered with AI and machine learning technology firm Litbit, located within ROOT’s Montréal-based facility.

This application of “leading edge” technology would enhance ROOT’s Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) strategy, utilizing deep datasets to monitor and manage the overall health and status of critical systems within its data center. In addition to the constant monitoring by engineers, AI and machine learning capabilities would help ROOT Data Center to better anticipate and manage potential failures before they occur. This would help ROOT Data Center staff to avoid, rather than recover, from operational outages.

“Reliability and uptime are key considerations for any data center user, ranging from cloud service providers to hosting companies, video game developers and other large-scale IT organizations,” said AJ Byers, President, and CEO of ROOT Data Center. “At ROOT Data Center, we’ve made 100 percent uptime a top priority, and working with Litbit, we’ve pioneered the next wave of machine learning within data center operations to get us closer.  Today, we’re proud to say that ROOT is championing the use of cutting-edge AI and machine learning technology to reduce the risk of downtime for customers of all sizes.”

Data Center Monitoring

The integration of AI into ROOT Data Center’s colocation ecosystem is designed to work alongside existing personnel as a partnership between humans and technology. Technology firm Litbit provides ‘AI Personas’ and machine-learning sensors trained by skilled data center technicians to identify indicators that fault is possible. ROOT can now utilize this new technology to augment their monitoring of the data center’s environment and help reduce the risk of outages.

“Business is everywhere and always in the data center more than anywhere else, but people can’t be,” said Scott Noteboom, CEO of Litbit. “That is the promise of AI, to help provide constant and intelligent oversight of the spaces and machines in a data center to improve business outcomes. We are proud to be working with ROOT to make good on that promise.”

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