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Q&A: What’s new and what’s next in cabling and smart city infrastructure

Stuart McKay is business development manager, Enterprise Technologies, Panduit EMEA, a world leader in infrastructure products and services for data networks and electrical power applications. We asked McKay to give his thoughts on some of the most important and interesting infrastructure questions facing the industry right now. Under the microscope are Smart Cities – namely, the winners, losers and initiatives that show the most promise. McKay also dives deep into connectivity and the cabling implications for WiFi 6, the next-generation wireless standard tipped to improve performance in congested areas.

Key considerations before choosing a colocation data centre

Sean Hilliar, Co-Founder and Data Centre Manager, IP House, lists 15 tips to help you make the correct choice of colo Today, many businesses choose to host their critical applications within resilient colocation data centres, offering a cost-optimised solution that dramatically simplifies the complexities of owning and operating on-premise IT. However, a key issue that… Read More

Data centre operators are going to have to keep their cool this summer

One of the less talked about features of the UK in lockdown is the uncharacteristically warm weather we have “enjoyed” over the past few months. Saving a few gusts of wind here and there, London has been basking in a seemingly never ending sunny spell and the UK itself has just recorded the driest May since 1896.

It looks like we’re heading for another sweltering summer here in Britain, which let’s be honest, would be extremely well-timed as far as the nation’s citizens are concerned if stay-at-home restrictions continue to ease. 

But what of the UK’s data centre operators? We asked data centre power and cooling experts, whether given a range of Covid-19 related pressures, the prospect of summer heat-wave is leaving them unphased, or hot under the collar.

Research focus: ETH Zurich/University of Bologna and pAElla-powered data centres

ETH Zurich in Switzerland is one of the most highly regarded science and technology universities, one known for its cutting-edge research and innovation.

When it come to data centres, the pinnacle of innovation right now centres on how data analytics, sensors and AI can be used to improve power and performance.

Over the last few years, a group of researchers from both ETH Zurich and the University of Bologna has been at the forefront of advanced data centre monitoring research.

DCIM for Edge site management – Top tips

The lack of staff or “lights out” nature of many local IT and mobile  edge computing (MEC) sites makes operations & maintenance of the supporting IT infrastructure a challenge. This struggle worsens as the number of sites increase. How do you maintain IT resiliency in a cost effective way under these conditions? It is not practical… Read More

Is too much power capacity in data centres going to waste?

Data centres exist to deliver IT workloads in a manner that is both capital and energy-efficient, in this way both data centre and customers benefit. Yet the power delivery method remains rigid, inflexible and usually misaligned with IT SLAs, which has a significant negative impact on performance and infrastructure capital efficiency.

For many in the data centre sector, one of the most pressing concerns is that much of the world’s data centre infrastructure operates in a manner that is financially suboptimal and environmentally unsustainable. While there is steady capital inflows to the data centre sector some are questioning whether data centres are as capital efficient as they could be. If a data centre is only using a fraction of the available power then the capital investment that is tied up in inflexible power infrastructure is impotent. The question is, who is paying for that stranded capacity and unused space?

Why the “IT skills crisis” isn’t what it seems

Whatever the company, whatever the sector, there’s one phrase at the top of the agenda for every IT director: the ‘skills crisis’.

Undeniably, the crisis is a very real problem for IT, with significant consequences for the competitiveness of UK businesses and the economy at large. Recent Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) research starkly illustrated this problem, revealing that 40 per cent of organisations believe their efforts to implement digital transformation are hampered by a lack of staff and skills.

As the coronavirus emergency develops, these skills challenges are set to aggravate further. Mainframe operations, in particular, may be put under pressure, creating issues for mission critical workloads like on-premise SAP.

DBAs: The unsung heroes of IT infrastructure in crisis

Eventually, life and business as we know it will go back to normal – or close to it – and perhaps autonomous databases that fix themselves will become a reality one day, too. However, until that day arrives, this is a wake-up call to get to know and show appreciation for your organisation’s DBAs and the work they do

The benefits of designing data centres for efficiency

When deploying IT infrastructure to support an enterprise organisation, there are several factors to consider. All of the decisions are based on the specific needs of the business, it’s type, the customers it services and the applications it needs to support. For many, the first decision however, is whether to own or outsource?  

Do the needs of the business require predominantly commercial applications, which can be delivered via the cloud? Or does the organisation depend so crucially on local IT assets for performance, data sovereignty or application speed, that it is more preferable to keep their resources on premise?

Cloud: a virtual helping hand to support remote working

For years, proponents have urged businesses to better enable employees to work from home, citing benefits like increased productivity, less commute time, better work-life balance and enhanced preparedness for business continuity, should a localised disaster strike, such as a tornado, hurricane, earthquake or flood.

Overnight, the COVID-19 global pandemic made the final argument for work-from-home a reality for millions of workers – ready or not. Many global enterprises must suddenly support more and more people working remotely, whether they are equipped to deliver and support workloads at scale or not. This has sent businesses scrambling to quickly embellish digital channels and platforms, increase bandwidth, add virtual private networks (VPNs), provision more laptops, and offer thin-client applications to their employees and customers to improve operational collaboration and enforce social distancing.

Liquid cooling at the Edge – the coming technology is already here

In the telco sector, 5G rolls out built on cell towers, base stations and new street furniture will see appliances installed in non-ideal and often harsh environments. Use cases such as consumer-focused Internet of Things in retail, Smart Cities transportation projects for autonomous vehicles and Industrial IoT deployments in processing and manufacturing plants will see more and more servers deployed outside safe, environmentally controlled data centres.

These new Edge environments will not be uniform in nature but common to all will be the need to keep the IT equipment cool.

Considering a move from colocation to cloud? Here’s how to build a solid business case

The current crisis instigated by COVID-19 is putting immense pressure on organisations across the globe to maintain smooth operations while managing remote workforces and workloads. Therefore, many businesses that operate their own IT infrastructure – whether through racks located on the company’s premises, or via a data centre where they rent one or more colocation racks – are considering making a move to the cloud. In either situation, adopting a cloud strategy means that infrastructure needs to be moved from the office location to a data centre, or from one data centre to another that offers hosted services. 

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