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.
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.
Today, increased levels of automation, advanced robotics, AI and machine learning are driving unprecedented change inside factory environments. With growing levels of complexity, these applications demand secure, on-site computing systems that offer the user high-levels of resiliency, security and ultra-fast connectivity.
By Marc Garner, VP, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric UK&I.
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.
In 2019 the IT infrastructure market saw notable growth in the adoption of edge computing and hyperconverged solutions as higher numbers of industries realised the potential of the technologies. Now in 2020, the demand from businesses who want to harness the power of edge computing with hyperconverged infrastructure is only forecast to increase.
By Alan Conboy, Office of the CTO, Scale Computing.
The continued growth of the Internet of Things (IOT) depends on ICT infrastructures that can support its data processing and communications bandwidth requirements. Accordingly, 5G, with its ultra-low latency and high transmission rates, has a vital role as an IoT enabler. However, implementing the new standard has major implications for data centres in terms of their size, distribution and internal ICT hardware. In this article, Alex Emms, Operations Director at Kohler Uninterruptible Power (KUP), looks at this data centre evolution, and discusses how modern UPS technology can be deployed to meet the challenges it presents.
Water leak detection is commonly installed in datacentres, communications rooms and other information technology dependent structures. After all it is crucial to protect these critical assets from both fire and floods by receiving the earlier possible notification of an incident, allowing action to be taken quickly to take preventative measures. Leaking water from HVAC, AC units, water pipes, drainage or even ground water can cause significant disruption.
By Graham Jarvis, Freelance Business and Technology Journalist.
With so much emphasis placed on securing data across the network, endpoints and the cloud, it’s easy to overlook the importance of physical security in the data center. Outside service technicians and internal IT teams will need access to data center equipment for maintenance and upgrades, but this activity needs to be managed and restricted.
By Marcus Doran - VP and GM at Rahi Systems, Europe.
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.
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.
Neil Cornish, Ecosystem Development Manager at Tech Data UK, discusses the collaboration between the UK Fashion & Textile Association, IBM, the Future Fashion Factory and Tech Data UK, to develop a new technology platform designed to help drive both sustainability and profitability within the fashion supply chain.
Mickey Bresman, Co-Founder and CEO and Ran Harel, Senior Security Product Manager, both at Semperis, discuss the findings of the company’s recent Microsoft Active Directory security survey, and also explain how the Semperis Purple Knight security assessment tool not only highlights AD security gaps, but also provides recommended fixes.