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IoT and edge computing: The perfect match

With the Internet of Things (IoT) generating more data than ever before, organisations must seriously consider what edge computing has to offer. According to a study from the International Data Corporation (IDC), 45 percent of all data created by IoT devices will be stored, processed, analysed and acted upon close to or at the edge of a network by 2020.

In a world that is increasingly data-driven, a large amount of data is being generated outside of the traditional data centre. Edge computing places the physical computing infrastructure at the edges of the network where the data is being generated, and in many cases, this is where the data is needed most.


Using smart grids to unleash the true power of uninterruptible power supplies

Riello UPS’s Leo Craig on why data centre operators should use the increasing popularity of smart grids to rethink the role of their uninterruptible power supplies, transforming an underutilised asset into a valuable money-maker In the next five years, the number of connected devices in the UK will more than double from 270 million at… Read More


Three ways maintenance innovation is giving data centre operators the edge

Innovation is central to data centre evolution. The focus, however, tends to be on the latest hardware products rather than maintenance.

But what about day-to-day maintenance and management—those “keeping the lights on” functions that can eat up 80 percent of IT spending? Can they be modernised, optimised, and enhanced with new technologies and approaches?


AI at the edge – challenges and opportunities

The convergence of AI and edge computing is still in its infancy, but together they hold the potential to revolutionise the lives of consumers and businesses alike. But it is not a marriage without its challenges.


Four digital transformation challenges faced by businesses at the network edge

Digital transformation is proving a gamechanger for small businesses and franchise owners who operate at the edge, but it brings with it a distinct set of challenges. Those that can combine digital tools with their existing strengths and local market knowledge will be well positioned to compete and win.


The rise of the architect in data centre design

Architects have always been an important stakeholder during the transition from the design phase to the building phase of data centres, where they help translate a client’s brief (including floor plan, security, space planning and maintenance access for cooling and power requirements) into detailed design documents. However, they have seldom been asked for their opinions on the requirements themselves. But as data centres become ever more complex and the pressure to cut costs mounts, the creative mind of the architect is increasingly being called upon.


What constitutes a well-run data centre?

The Uptime Institute espouses its tiering structure to describe a data centre’s physical resilience; however, this is a rather narrow scope when considering ‘availability’.

Building a resilient, highly-available data centre is only the initial, embryonic phase of its lifetime. For the following 15-20 years, how one operates and maintains a data centre is far more important than how it was built (that said, it does need to be built right in order to be operated to its maximum potential).


Climate change is heating up the challenge to keep data centres cool
Rackspace's Gavin Murray explores four ways data centre operators can keep facilities cool in an ecological way A few weeks ago temperatures reached highs of 38°C across the UK, marking the hottest July day on record. This is set to become a more regular occurrence, with predictions that London will face similar temperatures to Barcelona... Read More

New data centre management tools demand continual learning

Steve Weiner, senior lead product manager, colocation services at Cyxtera, looks at the importance of continual learning and communication Data centre staff have grown accustomed to constant changes in our industry. From mainframe to the client server model, from full rack units to blades and virtualisation, from ‘spinning disc’ storage to solid state drives, there’s… Read More


Dark fibre: A data centre manager’s toolkit
Rob Coenen breaks down the top considerations data centre managers should make before plunging into the dark Between Q1 2018 and Q1 2019, mobile data traffic surged by 82 percent. That eye-popping number is just the latest increase in an almost parabolic curve of mobile data use since 2013. At the consumer level, recent years... Read More

Pushing the high street to the edge
In a world where immediacy is the big consumer model, there’s no time for the latency that occurs when data travels to and from remote data centres or the cloud In the last year alone the UK has seen the struggle, decline, and collapse of iconic high street retail brands such as BHS, Toys R... Read More

Power players: Lessons other industries should learn from data centres
Following its launch of the Blackout report, an in-depth analysis of how likely the UK is to experience a nationwide electricity failure, Riello UPS General Manager Leo Craig explains why other sectors should follow the data centre industry’s approach to power continuity It was just a few weeks ago in mid-June when more than 50... Read More


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