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Poll: 49% of IT professionals say reducing data centre energy costs top priority

A new poll from Secure I.T. Environments Ltd has revealed that reducing energy costs (46 percent) and improving energy efficiency (39 percent) are IT professionals’ key priorities for 2020.  The poll, conducted across the two days at Data Centre World 2020, found nearly a third (29 percent) will focus on relocating data centre(s) in 2020.


IBM first quarter results buoyed by Red Hat wave

IBM has become one of the first technology giants to release its quarterly financials as the world prepares to gauge how Covid-19 has impacted the bottom lines of the major technology players.

Despite much of the economy being in apparent free-fall right now, IBM appears largely resilient to the global economic shock induced by the pandemic, posting growth in cloud, hardware and Red Hat related earnings.


Alibaba Cloud to inject $28 billion into cloud infrastructure

Alibaba has announced plans to plough $28 billion into its cloud division over the next three years following a surge in demand for cloud services that assist remote working.

The majority of the investment will fund an expansion of Alibaba’s cloud operating system and servers and chips for its data centres. Alibaba Cloud currently has 63 availability zones, located in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.


Vertiv announces free CIBSE-accredited professional development webinar series

Vertiv is bringing its CIBSE-approved continuing professional development (CPD) seminars online for contractors, building service and consulting engineers.

The free seminars will focus on popular critical power and thermal management topics. Online or on-demand attendance contributes to CIBSE CPD requirements and attendees will receive a CIBSE-qualified CPD certificate.


Magnetic circuits could radically reduce AI energy consumption

The combination of AI and large data sets has profoundly improved our ability to model the world around us, predict its next move and recognize its images and patterns.

Underpinning all of this data-driven innovation, though, are servers and accelerators that can devour astronomical amounts of energy, depending on the task.

Last year, research indicated that training a single AI algorithm can require up to 284 tonnes of carbon dioxide – five times the lifetime emissions of an average car.


CyrusOne announces $300,000 Covid-19 donation

Colocation giant CyrusOne has announced a $300,000 donation to food banks and charities supporting people facing food insecurity due to the coronavirus pandemic.

CyrusOne is donating $250,000, while president and CEO Tesh Durvasula is adding a $50,000 personal donation to European charities and US foodbanks, including Feeding America, Member Food Bank, the North Texas Foodbank.


Zoom users can now opt out of data routing through China

The video conferencing service admitted last week that some meetings may have had data routed through China when using the service. Zoom is to let users opt in and out of specific data centre regions as part of the video conferencing app’s latest security update. The new option comes in response to concerns that data from meetings were sometimes being routed through data centres in China, which critics argued was a security risk.


Key Covid-19 stats so far: Cloud, data centre, cyber security, AI & big data

Look outside and the world has stopped turning. But if you look online, everything appears to be spinning faster than ever. Every day that passes brings with it a selection of remarkable tech-related stats and figures. Phishing attacks skyrocketing, Zoom meetings spiralling and record-breaking bandwidth. If you’re struggling to keep up, here are some of the most interesting and dramatic stats we’ve seen so far. 


Half of UK tech firms fear missing out on Covid-19 state support

UK tech trade body techUK has released a second Covid-19 survey investigating the effects of the pandemic on the nation’s technology sector, building on an initial survey published last month that indicated the sector might be insulated from much of the impact.

Over 100 technology organisations responded to the updated urvey – half of them small businesses with less than 50 employees. techUK counts 850 companies as members that collectively employ almost half of UK tech sector employees.

Overall, the sector still seems cautiously optimistic that the most extreme economic effects of the outbreak can be avoided, with only 6 percent fearing a halt to trading in the short-term. Longer term, businesses are more uncertain, with 30 percent concerned about their ability to trade if restrictions are extended.


UK satellite Internet firm OneWeb files for bankruptcy

British satellite Internet company OneWeb has filed for bankruptcy in the US after attempts to secure funding for a commercial launch were checked by the coronavirus fears.

The firm, which had already secured billions in funding from investors such as Softbank, Qualcomm and the Government of Rwanda, was hoping to take its space-bound internet service commercial before the end of next year.


UK digital department creates dedicated team to support data centre sector through coronavirus

Tech trade body techUK has released a new update detailing how it is working with the UK government to support the nation’s data centre sector in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. 

Following lockdown measures brought into place in this week, UK data centre operators were concerned about ensuring continuity of service and access to facilities.


Worldwide data centre spending surpasses $150bn

Global spend on data centre hardware and software totalled $152 billion last year, according to new research from IT market watchers Synergy Research.

The figure, which represents a two percent rise from 2018, combines worldwide spending on public cloud and private cloud/traditional data centre hardware and software.



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