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How tech businesses can balance out their environmental impact
Earth Day 2019: There is no ‘silver bullet’ to address the issue of climate change. But if every business made a small change, together we would make a big change Earth Day is the world’s largest environmental movement and is celebrated every year on 22nd April. It serves as a reminder that the world we... Read More

The edge: Can we teach an old dog new tricks?
The edge has been "real" for years. What's new is the scale and scope of mission-critical edge deployments. It’s safe to say the data centre industry expects a lot from “the edge”. The short, sharp, edgy term evinces the bleeding-edge and the frontier of innovation. On the typical view edge is a (relatively) new IT... Read More

Overcoming the challenges of data centre growth
The data centre industry is looking forward to a sustained period of enormous growth. While there will be construction challenges, there is already a solution, says Jos Baart, vice president sales and marketing at Flexenclosure We are living in an explosion of data. More data is being generated, collected, processed, stored and demanded back again... Read More

The circular economy is the data centre industrys next frontier
In the transition to a circular economy for any industry, the responsibilities boil down to designing out waste and pollution, and extending the life of products and materials. That calls for a transition to green and renewable energy sources, the reuse of excess heat and a complete redesign of all the building blocks that make... Read More

Protecting digital infrastructure against the climate threat
Jason Hood, global segment manager for infrastructure at Roxtec, explains how DC managers can take proper action towards hardening critical infrastructure Climate change represents one of the biggest threats to all infrastructure, including communications infrastructure and data centres.  Specifically, sea-level rise caused by melting ice sheets and glaciers could have a substantial impact on data... Read More

Legacy to colo migration in 2019: what you need to know
Colocation providers allow for acceleration of business in ways that allow enterprises to move quicker and be more nimble There are a number of trends driving the migration from on-premises to colocation facilities. First there is a need for data management and storage as an extension of the customer’s business, rather than a separate entity.... Read More

Why simulation is key to smart data centre management

For the people that run data centres, the constant barrage of tools, technologies and processes designed to improve its running can be overwhelming. Specifically for colo facilities, managing these constant developments is a priority as businesses increasingly transition out of existing enterprise establishments Simulation models represent one of these approaches. Perhaps seen by many as… Read More


IoT and the hyper-sensed data centre dividend
With the introduction of a new generation of IoT enabled sensors, the fully-sensed data centre is on the horizon, bringing with it indispensable improvements in monitoring, management and maximisation of facility performance, writes Dean Boyle, CEO of EkkoSense Despite the best efforts of their operations teams, even the best run data centres will inevitably end... Read More

Data protection in a cyber-sensitive world
Proper IT asset disposal (ITAD) is increasingly becoming a vital enterprise consideration and is an industry growing in sophistication, writes John Shegerian Electronic devices are being switched out at a faster pace than we have ever seen before in history. At the rapid rate that technology is improving, businesses, government agencies, and individuals are all... Read More

Modular reasoning: why DC standardisation makes sense
Data centre builds will increasingly comprise standardised, modular building blocks configured to address special power and thermal requirements Much like snowflakes, no two data centres are identical. Although they may be home to similar IT equipment, the business needs of the owners and operators of the equipment along with legal requirements, financial considerations and business... Read More

Tackling the data centre skills gap
The data centre industry needs to promote the education of their staff, move away from a small niche of specialists, and promote cross-disciplinary working through knowledge, writes Robert Tozer The data centre skills gap refers to both the knowledge gap (lack of training and experience) and the numbers gap (lack of people to fill positions).... Read More


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