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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

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 industry’s 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



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