Big data, big energy consumption?
Each photo we post on social media or email we send is saved into servers that are stored in physical data centres around the world. This process consumes a significant amount of energy, raising sustainability issues in the data centre industry. To help overcome this challenge, Marcin Bala, CTO of telecommunications networks specialist Salumanus Ltd, explains how to create a more sustainable data centre infrastructure.
The hidden cost of data
Zero-carbon cooling systems revolutionise data centre energy efficiency.
Data underpins every aspect of modern life, with more information generated now than ever before. Keeping data centres cool is crucial for their safe and effective function, but due to the large amounts of waste heat they generate, this requires significant power consumption. To tackle this issue, Glasgow-based green energy pioneer, Katrick Technologies, has developed and patented a unique passive cooling system that removes waste heat without external power required. Here, Katrick Co-CEO Vijay Madlani examines the costs of data centre cooling and how new systems can revolutionise efficiency.
With demand for cloud services growing so rapidly, data-centre architects are looking for efficient, cost-effective ways to build facilities that enable them to match the level of capital investment to current demand, while providing a low-cost way to expand to meet future demand.
By Ian Wilcoxson, Channel Manager (Data Centres) EMEA Power Solutions, Kohler
In this year’s BCS Summer report, which contains the views of over 3,000 senior level data centre professionals across Europe there were some particularly interesting findings around the most important factors for new data centres.
By James Hart, CEO at BCS (Business Critical Solutions), the digital infrastructure specialists
Simon Harris, Head of Critical Infrastructure at Business Critical Solutions (BCS) suggests that one of the fundamental themes emerging from their 2021 Summer Report is the race for space and power that is playing out across the thirty-eight European countries from which we have received insight.
For data centre providers, system failure can represent the worst possible scenario, with every minute of downtime leading to rising costs and reputational damage. This situation is usually a result of failing equipment, which can occur due to ineffective testing of critical infrastructure for periods of high demand. With this in mind, Greger Ruud, Sector Development Manager – Nordics Datacenters at Aggreko, discusses the importance and effects of carrying out loadbank testing at the commissioning stage.
The provision of new data centre supply is a vital component of the European data centre market, not just to ensure there is enough product to satisfy levels of demand, but to ensure that it is the right type of product aligned to changing IT strategies and practices.
By James Hart, CEO at BCS (Business Critical Systems).
There is increasing pressure on data centre Operators to make their facilities as energy efficient as possible with global drive towards carbon neutrality. To support this journey Graeme Shaw, Technical Application Manager at Zumtobel, explains how lighting can not only help data centres achieve their sustainability based objectives, but also make them more safe, secure and operationally efficient.
From risk mitigation to fighting the climate crisis, organisations that use a digital twin have an increased potential to address both practical and high-level issues on a global scale. But what is a digital twin, and how does it deliver on these benefits?
By David King, Product Manager, Future Facilities
The world jumps forward in times of crisis. World War One gave us stainless steel and wristwatches, World War Two gave us penicillin and duct tape. Whilst it is impossible to look back on the current crisis with any real clarity, it is clear that a huge amount of innovation has been initiated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
By David Bloom, partner at the Noé Group, founder of Goldacre and investor in KAO Data
Ahead of the upcoming UN climate conference COP26, hosted in the UK, the expectations on businesses to be at the forefront of the net-zero transition is growing, and it’s critical time for those operating in the technology sector to not only lead by example but help their customers bring about positive change too.
By Scott Balloch, Director of Energy and Sustainability at Colt Data Centre Services
Chris Wey, President of the Power Systems Business Unit, Rocket Software, talks through the tell-tale signs of a DevOps programme that isn’t delivering, before outlining the key components of a truly ‘modern’ DevOps solution, with some major benefits for end users.
Michael James and Terence Chabe, Capital Market Specialists at Colt Technology Services, discuss the implications for data centre infrastructure as some of Europe’s largest financial exchanges address the fallout from Brexit, with geography, latency, security, cloud services, software defined networks and the edge all in the spotlight.
Conference Chair Ian Luckett outlines the content of the second virtual SDC Channel Summit event, taking place 10-11 May. A mixture of keynote presentations, roundtables and panel discussions promise to produce plenty of valuable insights for Channel companies dealing with the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.
Mike McAdam, Data Centre Director EMEA, and Simon Prichard, Product Strategy Manager, both at Mitsubishi Electric Europe, explain how real-time data visualisation and smart insights can help to optimise data centre power and cooling infrastructure, before discussing the wider sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the industry into the future. They also share the company’s plans to leverage its critical infrastructure expertise to expand its presence within the data centre sector.
Deloitte is expanding its cloud observability practice, encompassing DevOps principles, AI/ML, cloud complexity management and software engineering. The practice will leverage the Dynatrace® Software Intelligence Platform’s extensive observability and advanced AIOps capabilities and is charged with developing targeted solutions for clients, with the goal of accelerating digital transformation for the world’s largest organizations.
NetApp® has announced the general availability of Spot PC, the managed cloud Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution — with security, automation, observability and optimization designed for the public cloud and for the needs of today’s remote and distributed working environments.