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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.

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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.

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Is your lighting compromising your data security?

If you’re in the business of data, you’ll know that it’s a valuable asset that must be protected. You’ll also be acutely aware that wherever there is data, there is risk, and not just to your data. Physical security – the protection of people, property and assets should also be considered for their potential vulnerabilities. By Steve Mansell, Divisional Director Critical Facilities, Zumtobel Group

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The role of containment in mission-critical edge deployments

Today, edge data centers need to provide a highly efficient, resilient, dynamic, scalable and sustainable environment for critical IT applications. At Subzero Engineering, we believe containment has a vital role to play in addressing these requirements. By Gordon Johnson, Senior CFD Engineer at Subzero Engineering

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Creating a greener and digitalised world with sustainable fibre optic networks

Designing fibre solutions and optimising supply chain processes with the environment in mind will have a huge impact. By Alain Bertaina, Business Development and Product Strategy Director Telecom Business at Prysmian Group

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Single-Pair Ethernet expands IoT infrastructure capabilities

Power and data to remote devices over single twisted pair up to 1000-metres; compact cable (18AWG) and connector format increases flexibility and ease of use; converging corporate, factory and distribution information networks increases productivity, By Stuart McKay, Panduit

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Can data centres be more sustainable than you think?

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

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Green data centres: the key to driving sustainable strategies

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.

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A strategy for Net Zero 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.

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Unlocking your full investment potential

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.

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Your data centre may not be dead, but it's morphing

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.

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WAN Confusion: Why WAN Data Acceleration isn’t

WAN optimisation or SD-WAN WAN optimisation and SD-WAN vendors tend to talk about cost-efficiencies, scalability, virtual flexibility, their ability to accelerate any application despite the limitations of TCP/IP, being cloud-ready, industry-leading. In addition, it’s about being able to accelerate any application despite the inhibitions created by latency and packet loss. They are indeed great technologies, and each one has their purpose, but they often fail to live up to expectations – particularly regarding their vendors’ often touted claims that they enable more efficient usage of bandwidth. By Graham Jarvis, on behalf of Bridgeworks.

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Outside the four walls of the data centre

Almost four in 10 people in the EU began working remotely in the first few months of 2020, according to a study carried out by Eurofund. This is a seismic shift considering that the amount of people who regularly worked remotely before the pandemic took hold ranged from as low as 6% to as high as 23%, depending on country. By Michael Cade, Senior Global Technologist, Veeam.

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Videos

Coeus Consulting, an independent IT advisory focused on delivering strategic change, recently published the findings of its report: ‘The critical role of technology leaders in delivering on sustainability targets’. Graeme Trevayne, Associate Director at Coeus Consulting, talks through the survey results, highlighting the progress which has already been made, whilst suggesting that there is much more that can be done, not least when it comes to the need for some commonly agreed, IT sustainability objectives and the accompanying metrics.
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.
Surya Varanasi, Storcentric’s CTO, talks through the launch of the Nexsan Unity NV10000 enterprise class platform, which supports block, file and object storage protocols and addresses data security, including ransomware, and regulatory compliance concerns.
Michael O’Hara, Group Managing Director of DataSolutions, a distributor of transformational IT solutions, talks through the results of the company’s Channel sustainability stock-take survey, revealing how companies are losing out on contracts if they can’t demonstrate their environmental credentials, how the Channel is beginning to address its sustainability responsibilities and highlights the success of DataSolutions’ Techies Go Green initiative.

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Crayon urges businesses to take control of their IT spend to unlock unrivalled innovation.
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.
Veeam unveils the results of its 2022 Ransomware Trends Report at VeeamON 2022, finds that cyber criminals are successfully encrypting an average of 47% of production data and victims are only able to recover 69% of impacted data.
Nutanix has published the financial services findings of its global 2022 Enterprise Cloud Index (ECI) survey and research report, which measures enterprise progress with cloud adoption in the industry. The research showed that fewer financial services organisations have adopted multicloud than any other industry surveyed, trailing the global average by 10%. However, adoption is expected to nearly double from 26% to 56% in the next three years, in line with the global trend of evolving to a multicloud IT infrastructure that spans a mix of private and public clouds.