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Latest Data Centre Opinions


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

Uncovering the hidden costs of data centre cooling
STULZ UK’s Johnathan Attwood warns that environmental regulation is increasing the cost of conventional cooling approaches widely used by the data centre sector. How can operators reduce their OPEX and improve their green credentials? There is a need for increased education in the data centre sector on the different cooling options available and their implications... Read More

Open source vs. commercial parallel file systems: Truth and fiction in a HPC World
In the fast-paced world of HPC, data storage is an essential component in guaranteeing business critical deliverables. HPC data storage systems rely on parallel file systems to deliver maximum performance - but CIOs have two options to choose from, as Jim Donovan explores High-Performance Computing (HPC) and its ability to store, process and analyse vast... Read More

The future of the data centre is written in the stars
If you’re interested in where the data centre may be headed you should do one thing—look up, writes Chris Adams, president and CEO of Park Place Stargazing may soon become challenging. That’s the warning from some astronomers, who claim that solar panel reflections from hundreds of SpaceX Starlink satellites, intended to supply global internet, could... Read More

Nine myths about prefabricated data centres debunked
Felipe Reséndiz busts common myths and misconceptions surrounding prefabricated data centres There are many misconceptions in our industry when it comes to the pros and cons of prefabricated data centres.  The biggest single reason for this is that when people hear “prefabricated” they often immediately imagine a “containerised” solution.  These long, narrow and relatively inflexible... Read More

The infrastructure behind Stadia and the next evolution of cloud gaming

The concept of a “Netflix or Spotify for gaming” isn’t anything new. But unlike films, TV shows, or music, which are relatively passive experiences – i.e. choose the song, playlist, programme, or film, then sit back and relax – games are far more dynamic.


Hardware vendor lock-in: A long and messy past
Over the last decade, most organizations have learned to avoid server hardware lock-in. Doing so unlocked massive improvements in terms of costs and agility Today, many organizations are still locked into their switch hardware vendor. Switch hardware vendor lock-in is at least as detrimental to organizations as server hardware lock-in, and must be avoided by... Read More

How fast is the data centre industry changing?
Flexenclosure’s Jos Baart shares his predictions on some of the coming challenges and opportunities that will drive a major reshaping of the data centre industry - and the best way to meet the growing demand for new data centre capacity What are some of the key trends and challenges in the current global data centre... Read More

There is a fundamental misunderstanding about what it takes to secure the mainframe
Mainframers need better tools, training and education, writes Ray Overby, co-founder and president of Key Resources In today’s world, mainframes play a critical role in the daily functioning of most of the largest corporations and in many cases are the backbones of data centres. They keep daily operations up and running in industries ranging from... Read More

Five ways to make edge data centres more cost efficient
By building smart prefabricated data centres, initial capital and ongoing operational costs can be kept in check, allowing operators to efficiently and profitably deliver the data-rich services their customers are increasingly demanding New video streaming services, live networked gaming applications, the ongoing expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicle developments, the rollout of... Read More

Why we need to automate automation
James Sherlow, senior systems engineer at Avi Networks, discusses the rise of intent-based automation IT is suffering a crisis of scale. In days past, managing IT was a human-scale job. It was taxing (as any IT person will tell you), but you could at least hope to get your arms around it. Now, with hundreds... Read More

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


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