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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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Ramboll acquires leading data centre consulting company

Ramboll has acquired the data center consultancy EYP Mission Critical Facilities (EYPMCF). With the strategic acquisition Ramboll will strengthen its position in the international premier league of data center consultancies and add fuel to its important mission of contributing to lowering the carbon footprint of the industry which is a key component in our digitalized society.

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BT seals data centre deal with BAI Communications

BT has signed a multi-million pound contract with BAI Communications (BAI), to deliver a core part of the company’s data centre requirements as it works with Transport for London (TfL) to enable high-speed mobile and Wi-Fi coverage on the London Underground.

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ServerChoice expands data centre with new data hall

The data centre provider has expanded its services in Stevenage to meet growing demand.

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Know your carbon

Are the differences between net zero and carbon neutral well understood by those with an interest in the data centre sector? I doubt it. There are of course those more technically minded or interested individuals who do understand, but in the broad sweep of things the fundamentals are not and this can create considerable confusion. By Simon Harris, Head of Critical Infrastructure, BCS.

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Machinery trading company Axima has assigned Proact to equip its new data centre. Proact’s solution will underpin Axima’s growth initiatives and includes a range of new infrastructure components, including a backup system and network switches, all covered by Proact Premium Support.
Echelon Data Centres, a recently-launched Irish company based in Dublin, has been granted planning permission for its planned 45,000m² (484,000 sqft) facility in Arklow, Co Wicklow. The new data centre represents an investment of €500 million, will have a capacity of up to 100MW and will create 540 jobs – 450 in construction and 90 operational positions.
Despite progress with efficiency gains, the rate of outages remains high as operators struggle with change and complexity.
IX Reach, global provider of cloud services and connectivity solutions, and Evoque Data Centers Solutions, a global data centre operator formed through the acquisition of AT&T’s colocation assets at the end of 2018 have have fomed a new partnership enabling Evoque’s tenants to directly leverage IX Reach’s full portfolio of solutions, including its SDN platform, One Portal. Evoque and its enterprise customers will now be able to form secure, reliable, and resilient connections to global destinations and to extend private network connections to cloud providers, SaaS services, and other enterprises from Evoque data centres in Amsterdam, London, Paris, and Hong Kong with more markets expected in the near future through the IX Reach network.
Keysource, the datacentre and critical environment specialist, has been appointed by Willis Towers Watson, the leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, in a retained ‘guardian role’ to oversee an update of its facility in Nashville, Tennessee. It builds on the ten-year relationship which has seen Keysource act as European critical environment partner, completing major upgrades on two strategic data centres in the UK.
Minkels launches white paper 10 about the use of the EN 50600 to design an energy-efficient data centre.
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Australian fish farm undergoes IT upgrade by investing in edge infrastructure

Australian fism farming company Tassal looked at harnessing IT to make its business of growing salmon more sustainable and cost-effective. It invested in an integrated IT solution powered by Vertiv and Dell EMC for its business in Tasmania.

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