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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

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


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