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.
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.
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.
Chris West, Head of Global Accounts at Keysource, the data centre and critical environment specialist, looks at the challenges global businesses are facing when it comes to provisioning critical infrastructure across a legacy estate.
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.
The digital business case has been propelled forward five years. Since the COVID-19 crisis, businesses across the country have had to adapt and react quickly, setting out plans for staff to work from home more regularly, as emergency measures introduced during the pandemic turn into permanent lifestyle changes. Some large organisations such as Twitter, Facebook and even financial and professional services firms have announced plans to allow employees to work from home until next year or to do so permanently.
By Simon Ford, EMEA AVP of CyrusOne.
At the end of April 2020, it was estimated by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that 49% of the UK adult workforce were working from home full time. This equates to approximately 16 million people up from just 1.5 million a decade ago. Although it is hoped that many will return to offices during the next few months, a number of high profile organisations including Facebook, Barclays and French carmaker Groupe PSA have stated that they intend to make home working a permanent option for a larger portion of their workforce.
By Zabrina Doerck, Director of Product Marketing, Global Enterprise, Infovista.
It’s perhaps an understatement to say that remote working is top of mind for many of us right now. The Coronavirus pandemic has forced most businesses to send their staff home for the foreseeable future, hoping to delay the spread of the illness and keep those around them safe.
By Darren Watkins, managing director for VIRTUS Data Centres.
The need to bring data processing closer to the end user in order to reduce network latency and improve user experience has become the cornerstone of innovations such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, connected vehicles, immersive experiences, recognition systems, inferencing with machine learning models and next generation technologies like 5G wireless networks. Edge computing is transforming the way data is being handled, processed, and delivered from millions of devices worldwide.
By Craig Tavares, Head of Cloud, Aptum.
Kinesh Patel, the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of SevenRooms., explains how a combination of data, personalisation and automation is providing a digital dividend for the restaurant and wider hospitality sector as it seeks to optimise both the customer experience and post-pandemic flexibility and profitability.
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.
Craig McLean, VP of Engineering at DAZN Group, a global sports entertainment platform, explains the importance of observability to the company as it delivers an over-the-top streaming service to millions of subscribers across the globe.
Tim Richards, the new Hoptroff CEO, talks through the opportunities to grow the business as it continues to provide timestamping and synchronised time technology solutions for its core financial market, alongside significant growth in a whole series of automation applications – driverless cars, 5G-enabled and smart cities to name but a few – where accurate time is crucial.
BSH Home Appliances Group, the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe, will leverage Twilio Flex, a cloud-based contact centre, to revamp its entire digital infrastructure within their customer service organisation. Deloitte Consulting Spain is a consulting partner and advisor for this project to help roll out Twilio Flex in several regions, tightly integrating the cloud-based service solution within their customer care journey serving the needs of its customers worldwide.