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Whats wrong with software-defined data centre (SDDC) definitions?

The main problem is that the SDDC reinforces the divide between IT and Facilities and is symptomatic of an industry issue says Soeren Juul Schroeder. Unless the industry rethinks its organisational structures – and bridges that divide – we may fail to realise the potential of the software-defined data centre. According to Wikipedia, the “software-defined… Read More


Tweet: 60% of UK SMEs taking advantage of outsourced IT infrastructure, according to Node4

A new report ‘Facing up to the IT infrastructure challenge’ conducted by Node4, data centre and communications specialist, highlights the growing role of cloud-based IT infrastructure for UK SMEs. The research shows the ability of UK SMEs to adopt and take advantage of the latest IT technologies to advance their business goals. The survey of… Read More


The chase is on for high speed cabling solutions

Erwin Deeben, technical consultant at Brand-Rex, looks at how infrastructure technology should be deployed in order cope with the ever-growing demand for data The amount data centre traffic predicted over the coming years is truly astonishing. It is forecast to hit 4.1 Zettabytes (ZB) next year and by 2016 it will be up to 6.6ZB…. Read More


Data centres must shape up to handle scale of Internet of Things

With an estimated 26bn units with IP addresses hanging off the internet by 2020, the amazing growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) could have a “transformational effect” on data centres around the world according to leading analyst firm, Gartner. It estimates that the IoT will produce new revenues of over $300 billion by 2020,… Read More


Airedale chills out at Data Centre World

Visitors to Data Centre World 2014 concerned about the creating the right operating environment would have been impressed by a visit to the stand of the British manufacturer, Airedale International. It returned to the show this year with a selection of its latest precision air conditioning (PAC) and IT cooling systems. This includes the SmartCool… Read More


Data centre of future is “business critical”

As organisations do more of their business and host more of their core applications in the cloud, the data centre will have to be considered as vital to businesses. That’s what Domininic Phillips, the managing director of data centre provider, Datum, told delegates at Data Centre World in February. In a presentation called ‘The data… Read More


Data centre switch technology to turn on in 2014

27/2/14 – The coming year will be one of major transition for three key data centre switch technologies, according to new research. Research firm Crehan, makes three projections. It says, that on an annual basis: • In Infiniband, a computer network communications link used in high-performance computing and large data centres, 56Gbps FDR (fourteen data… Read More


2BM adds benchmark data to power monitoring software

Data centre technology leader 2bm, has enhanced its Sensorium power monitoring software with ‘real-world’ benchmarking data and other new functionality. Sensorium automated software aims to help managers gauge the facilities carbon footprint drawing on real-time data on the performance of its components including power consumption down to rack level. The software accurately tracks and monitors the… Read More


Evolving power trends in the data centre

Direct current, more robust power supplies, standby power systems, air side economisers, running at higher ambient temperatures and replacing copper with aluminium are just some of the methods considered by Guy Ruddock, who is responsible for the development of the data centre and node estate for Colt,  making data centres more efficient. By 2020, analyst… Read More


Salesforce to open first UK data centre in 2014

3/3/14  – Leading cloud application company Salesforce.com is making what it calls a “further increase” to its commitment to Europe with the announcement of three data centres and 500 new jobs. Speaking at the announcement of a 41% growth in European revenue, Miguel Milano, president, EMEA, salesforce.com, said: “Our tremendous growth and customer momentum is why… Read More


Growing confidence and cloud take up drive data centre investment

Growing corporate confidence coupled with sustained demand by cloud providers continues to drive new interest for data centre services, with London and Frankfurt leading the way, according to research from global property advisor CBRE. Across the five key markets of London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris and Madrid, a total of 8,090 sq m of data space… Read More


Green data centre’s secrets revealed

A new data centre has had its potential environmental impact massively reduced by using green data centre technologies which has also helped improved its power usage effectiveness (PUE). Adam Smith, director at Paragon Internet Group, the parent company of three cloud web hosting companies, told the Data Centre World conference about how the centre has… Read More



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