Marc Garner, VP, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland The data centre sector skills shortage has been documented by industry publications and research firms for almost a decade. In fact, a report published by Gartner in 2016 found 80% of firms expected to find their growth held back due to a lack of new data centre skills, with the McKinsey Global Institute predicting a global shortage of 1.5 million qualified data centre managers as early as 2015.
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.
Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have much to offer a data centre UPS (uninterruptible power supply) system in terms of high-performance back-up, cost savings and sustainability. They are safe too, provided you choose the right specification for this application.
By Gareth Hackett,Large-format Li-ion Battery Specialist at Saft
When it comes to data center cooling, operators have long known that liquid is a far more efficient medium for removing heat compared to air. However, to date there have been many barriers to adopting and benefiting from liquid cooling strategies, which comes some way to explaining why the data center industry remains in transition today.
By Jason Matteson, Iceotope director of product strategy
To optimise energy efficiency it’s important to talk to the right people. Joined up thinking, taking into consideration the latest developments and ideas around how to reduce energy is necessary from the outset.
By Louis McGarry, Sales and Marketing Director, CENTIEL UK
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.
At Keysource we have been able to assist many customers with the challenges and demands of deploying liquid cooling into new and existing environments.
By Steve Lorimer, Associate Director at Keysource
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
Wes Van Den Berg, Vice President and General Manager, UK&I, Pure Storage, provides an update on recent developments at the company, including the launch of the FlashBlade//S family of products and the introduction of the Evergreen//Flex.
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.
Richard Hoptroff, Founder and CTO (Chief Time Officer) of Hoptroff, discusses the importance of developing the accurate time solutions on which more and more digital applications rely. The company’s pedigree in the financial sector means it is well placed to meet this demand across many industry sectors, including IoT, aerospace, defence, media, autonomous vehicles and smart cities.
Or Lenchner, CEO, Bright Data, discusses the growing importance of ESG data, outlining the challenges of accessing, collecting, collating and analysing the many available data sources, and suggesting that improved government guidance and regulation is the way forward, along with the right analytics solution.
Infinidat has expanded its guaranteed Service Level Agreement (SLA) program. Infinidat is making available the industry’s first cyber storage guarantee for recovery on primary storage – the InfiniSafe® Cyber Storage guarantee.
Economist Impact survey of 2,000 business leaders, sponsored by Cognizant, shows key challenges include competing priorities, deriving value from technology investments, addressing a talent and skills gap, and sustaining action on ESG.
Checkmarx has introduced Checkmarx API Security, the first true “shift-left” API security solution. Building on the launch of Checkmarx Fusion, which prioritizes and correlates vulnerability data from across different AppSec engines, Checkmarx API Security is delivered as part of the industry-leading application security platform Checkmarx One. The developer workflow-oriented solution inventories even shadow and zombie APIs as part of the most comprehensive inventory and remediation solution available to secure the entire API lifecycle.