Latest Data Centre Opinions
Data centres are critical utilities, the almost invisible heart, lungs and nerve cells of the digital revolution, facilitating increasing general economic activity for the good of citizens – nationally and internationally.
The first era of cloud computing has been over for some time now, so what are you still doing lifting and shifting your data centre into the cloud?
Today, organisations moving to the cloud must do more than merely ‘copy and paste’ what they have in the data centre, directly into a cloud environment. Organisations should look at delivering IT as a service to the business and/or their customers, rather than as a technology platform, where applications reside.
We are living in a Connected Everything Era, with data centres rapidly expanding and depleting environmental resources. As an integral part of urban communities, they require abundant spaces and remain the primary driver of global energy consumption in the foreseeable future.
This demand is disruptive during times of both peril and opportunity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Covid-19 has altered the demands of digital infrastructure 24×7 around the world. What we learned from previous economic dislocations, such as the dotcom bust or the 2008 financial crisis, is that data centre providers adapt, emerge, and stay resilient.
While the rest of society shifted to digital tools to navigate quarantine measures and stay-at-home restrictions, US-based data centre developer Compass Datacenters was figuring out how it could continue commissioning facilities during a period of unprecedented demand for digital infrastructure.
The company’s solution, virtual commissioning, is an innovative approach that could have far-reaching benefits for the data centre industry long after the pandemic subsides.
A decade ago data centres were an emerging asset class and approached by investors with considerable trepidation. Today, they have passed the COVID19 resilience test with distinction and these “digital factories” are becoming a magnet for investment funds
Currently, only 10 percent of the so-called ‘critical raw materials’ used in data centres are recovered. If we want to further reduce the impact of data centres on the environment and our living environment, the percentage of devices and materials that are re-used or recycled will have to be drastically increased.
That is why a group of companies, universities and other parties – including Green IT Amsterdam – are starting a research programme under the name CEDaCI into circular models for data centres.
It was once the preserve of older-style legacy mainframe computers, and until recently was considered by many as only applicable for high performance computing (HPC) requirements.
However, liquid cooling is today becoming a serious contender for mainstream applications, especially those emerging at the edge of the network. Deployed in unmanned, remote sites where high levels of reliability and low maintenance are key considerations, edge computing environments must remain as secure and resilient as their larger counterparts.
Edge infrastructure is critical to secure the future of telecoms. This is an industry in flux. Revenues are flattening as consumers demand more data at a static cost.
At the same time, OTT players such as Facebook and Netflix have created innovative, consumer-friendly services using existing telecom infrastructure. Edge presents an opportunity for the telco industry to carve out a new role for itself; one that it is best placed to own.
Telcos are in a strong position to capitalise on the edge. Unlike the existing data centre giants, they boast an extensive real estate footprint ripe for conversion.
Circular economy is all about creating a roadmap from ‘cradle to grave’ to ‘cradle to cradle’. The ideal is to create a system that is regenerative by design, which minimises harmful emissions and turns waste into manufacturing resource. ‘Eternal life’ for our equipment is the great modern-day challenge, but it is by no means an impossible dream.
The past few months have been challenging for businesses around the globe, as each industry was required to make significant changes to their daily operations very quickly. And, although some workers have started going back to the office, remote work is here to stay for the foreseeable future as most offices will be operating at reduced capacity.
For many years we have been relying on Telecommunications Cabling Standards to guide us in data centre design. Some of these such as EN 50173-5 Information technology – Generic cabling systems – Part 5: Data centres make no mention of power and cooling systems, and others such as TIA942 Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers discuss power and cooling infrastructure but mainly in the appendices which are “Informative Only” and not actually part of the requirements of the standard.
Techerati and Data Centre World are giving shout-outs to data centre professionals who have been nominated by their colleagues for their exceptional efforts in recent weeks. This week, Richard Blanford, CEO at Fordway, nominates Chris Ryan, the company’s senior infrastructure lead. I’d like to nominate Chris Ryan, Senior Infrastructure Lead at Fordway as an unsung… Read More