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
As we become more environmentally conscious as a society, it is of paramount importance that we push for more sustainable business practices.
By Jack Bedell-Pearce, CEO & Co-Founder at 4D Data Centres.
Throughout the last decade the world has seen a sharp rise in carbon emissions. Digital transformation is growing at an unprecedented rate, connectivity demands are rising, as are the strains on data centres and our world is quickly-becoming a digital domain.
By Marc Garner, VP, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric UK&I.
Brian Johnson, ABB Data Center Segment Head, explores how digitalisation is shaping the evolution of green data centres, and provides a range of sustainable growth tactics for delivering cost and energy efficiencies.
Timely advice and valuable technical insight can be the catalyst to realising the swift return on any investment decision. Richard Clifford, Head of Solutions at Keysource, the global data centre and critical environment specialist, explains.
Today, the digitalisation of almost everything we see and touch is transforming many industries including banking, retail, manufacturing as well as enabling the rise of social media and more. What many people don’t know is that data centres, the infrastructure behind connected technology, sit at the heart the digital revolution. And as more of our lives become digitally led, the data centre industry continues to grow rapidly.
By David Watkins, special projects director for VIRTUS Data Centres.
The rapid growth of the data centre sector has caused a worsening crisis in staffing levels. The situation means it is also becoming more difficult to find skilled employees for open infrastructure positions, according to the Uptime Institute global data centre survey 2020.
By Ryan Hogg, Senior Hardware Product Manager, Opengear.
Over the course of the past year, the number of tech giants that have taken a more aggressive stance on climate change and their own environmental impact has seen a significant increase. Among others, Microsoft has pledged to become carbon negative, Amazon is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2040, and Intel has plotted a path to carbon neutral computing by 2030.
By Ian Whitfield, CEO of RED, an ENGIE Impact company.
As interconnected services continue to proliferate, with increases in cloud providers, edge services and SaaS offerings, the rationale to stay only in a traditional data centre topology has limited advantages. This is not an overnight shift, but a change in thinking how we deliver services to our customers and to the business. This trend, coupled with the new reality that external factors might limit physical access to data centres (such as emergency quarantine), is driving new thinking on how I&O leaders need to plan their infrastructure.
By David Cappuccio, Distinguished Research VP at Gartner.
Data centers exist to deliver IT workloads in a manner that is both capital and energy-efficient, in this way both data center and customers benefit. Yet the power delivery method remains rigid, inflexible and usually misaligned with IT SLAs, which has a significant negative impact on performance and infrastructure capital efficiency.
By Ed Ansett, Chairman, i3 Solutions.
We all know that protecting the environment is important. Our growing awareness of the damage that humans are collectively doing to the planet will only be beneficial to the cause. It is heartening to see consumers and businesses alike taking on small changes in their daily behaviour in an attempt to minimise the harmful effects on the environment.
By Carmen Ene, CEO of 3stepIT.
As the electric and digital worlds converge, talent acquisition and team management are among the biggest challenges faced by data centre and technology businesses today.
By Marc Garner, VP, Secure Power Division, UK&I.
Matt Howard, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer at Virtru, provides some great insights into the Trusted Data Format (TDF) and explains why the time is right to launch the OpenTDF Project – giving the developer community the opportunity to address the many security complexities of the digital data ecosystem.
Kevin Brown, SVP of EcoStruxure Solutions, Secure Power, Schneider Electric, explains how DCIM 3.0 could just be the magic bullet to help organisations successfully manage their increasingly complex and hybrid IT infrastructure environments.
Angus Shaw, Sales Director at Brigantia Partners Limited, outlines the company’s unique approach to Value Added Distribution as it focuses on both consolidating and expanding its highly successful cybersecurity solutions portfolio, and its key vendor and Channel partner relationships.
Aoife Foley, IEEE Senior Member and Professor, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, provides valuable insight into a whole range of technology, social and political challenges and opportunities which are shaping the quest for Net Zero.