lights out operation

English translation: unmanned/automated/automatic operation

English term or phrase:lights-out operation
English translation:unmanned/automated/automatic operation
Entered by: Michael Schubert

06:36 Apr 4, 2005
English to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Computers (general) / Data Center
English term or phrase: lights out operation
A new software (XXX) has been installed in the Data Center and the CIO says:

"In the future, we hope to use XXX to monitor and communicate about all event types including data center security alerts and physical threats. This would allow **** lights out**** operation over weekends and holiday period."

I do know what light outs means as a noun (signal to bedtime) but as an adjective in this context, I can guess several interpretation and I am not sure at all, which one is the right one.

Could you please explain and/or give me a synonym of this adjective in this context.

Many thanks in advance (it's very urgent)
Michel A.
Local time: 04:44
unmanned operation
or "automatic"
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Michael Schubert
United States
Local time: 01:44
Grading comment
Thanks a lot Michael.

Thanks to all for your comments
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4 +6unmanned operation
Michael Schubert

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1 min   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +6
unmanned operation

or "automatic"

Michael Schubert
United States
Local time: 01:44
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Thanks a lot Michael.

Thanks to all for your comments

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Lingo Pros
5 mins

agree  Ali Beikian
10 mins

agree  Robert Donahue (X)
27 mins

agree  Peter Linton: Exactly. Someone is probably "on call" who can be telephoned in case of problems, but the data centre itself has no-one on-site, and most if not all lights switched off to save money.
58 mins
  -> Yes, although I think "lights out" is probably meant only figuratively.

agree  Ken Cox: And with your comment to Peter -- some of the lights may be switched off, but certainly not all, for security reasons and because lighting loads are usually calculated into the heating budget in commercial buildings.
1 hr
  -> Yeah, I think the "lights" are entirely a red herring in this phrase, just a colorful metaphor. It has nothing to do with lights per se, just automation.

agree  Charlie Bavington (X): with little or no staff is the general idea.
2 hrs
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