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July 2020 - Innovision

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Data centre infrastructure: The foundation for digital transformation

Welcome to the very first issue of Data Centre Solutions’ annual snapshot of the data centre industry – DCS Innovision – with one eye very much on the future. As with so many new business ideas right now, it was borne out of the strange circumstances of lockdown which we have all experienced to a greater or lesser extent.

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September 2018

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Keeping cool on NGD expansion

When data centre superpower Next Generation Data (NGD) began the 100,000 square foot, ground floor expansion of its high security data centre in Newport, they relied on trusted supply chain partners Stulz UK and Transtherm Cooling Industries to deliver a substantial package of temperature management and plant cooling technology.

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September 2018

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Schneider Electric and Interxion partner to deliver new Dublin data centre

Availability, efficiency, growing customer communities of interest and operational excellence are the drivers for Interxion and their new DUB3 data centre.

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Summer 2018

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The form factor

From the edge of networks to colocation facilities, prefabricated systems provide a rapid and scalable approach to today’s data centre requirements. - By Wendy Torell, Senior Research Analyst at Schneider Electric’s Data Center Science Center.

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June 2018

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CloudAre there any dark Clouds on the horizon?The recent roundtable, The Intelligent Future of Cloud, hosted by Ingram Micro Cloud and the Cloud Industry Forum, was a great opportunity for the Channel to discuss the apparently unstoppable momentum behind Cloud technology. All present agreed that Cloud is a powerful enabler for greater business innovation and agility (and, yes, digital transformation was referenced), but believe that there is still an as yet unfulfilled need for greater education throughout the technology supply chain.Read cover story

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May 2018

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Power and CoolingCutting data centre carbon emissions with modular UPSEnergy bills account for up to 60% of a data centre's overall operating costs. With demand for capacity getting bigger and bigger, improving operational efficiency throughout server rooms doesn't just make environmental sense, it's quickly becoming an economic imperative to stop electricity bills spiralling out of control.Read cover story

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May 2018

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Energy EfficiencyGoing Green: Energy-efficient data centres are a panacea for IT and the environmentAlessandro Bruschini from Aruba S.p.A. takes a look at the impact green data centres have on the business, IT and renewables sectors.Read cover story

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April 2018

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IoTRack, stack, deployHyperconverged infrastructure is essential when embracing the demands of the IoT by Lee Griffiths, Infrastructure Solutions Manager, IT Division, APC by Schneider Electric.Read cover story

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March 2018

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Data CentreKelvin Hughes deploys Schneider Electric StruxureOn for 24/7 monitoring of data centre applicationsThe application forms part of Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure™ solution for data centres, and delivers detailed remote monitoring and critical information direct to the users' mobile phone.Read cover story

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February 2018

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IT ManagementFour ways to avoid IT downtime with proactive monitoringAs the lifeblood of every modern organisation, IT is a business enabler. While effective IT boosts productivity and your bottom line, unplanned downtime puts your business's profitability and reputation at stake, as proven by the IT outage at British Airways.Read cover story

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February 2018

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Data Centre DesignScaling Micro Data Centres at The EdgeNew research shows that micro data centres allow a more resilient and cost-effective approach to scaling up IT resources By: Victor Avelar, Director and Senior Research Analyst, Schneider Electric Data Center Science Center.Read cover story

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Winter 2017

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CoolingIt's all about the building and the applicationDCS talks to all things cooling with Alan Beresford, MD,  EcoCooling, covering the company's product range, involvement in the Horizon 2020 EU data centre Research Project, a recent launch and expansion plans.Read cover story

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November 2017

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Self ServiceBuilding self-service portalsHow organisations can replace manual processes, free the IT-team from mundane tasks and improve efficiency by building enterprise cloud environments and self-service portalsRead cover story

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November 2017

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Power and CoolingMaking the data centre of tomorrowHaving revealed that the UK generated £6.8 billion worth of investment in digital tech last year 50 per cent more than any other European country - Tech City UK's Tech Nation 2017 Report highlighted the crucial role the sector plays in economic and business growth.

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October 2017

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ConnectivityFocus on the fundamentalsDCS talks to FibreFab Marketing Manager, Gary Mitchell covering the company's extensive product portfolio, its successful development to date, and plans for the future.Read cover story

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September 2017

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Power and CoolingKeeping temperature and humidity in the boxWe all know that server equipment doesn't like to get too hot and that costly, inefficient cooling plants are required to remove the heat from data centres. We also realise that the humidity of the cooling air needs to be controlled - but it's probably not something we've thought a lot about.Read cover story

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September 2017

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Why customer focus is key for Six Degrees GroupThese are interesting times for Six Degrees Group. Launched in 2011, its strategy was to combine the capabilities offered by a true data centre and converged network operator with the flexibility and service-creation skills of an agile startup..Read cover story

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Summer 2017

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Data Centre DesignA partnering approach is essential to meet today's data centre challengesJon Healy, Associate Director at Keysource discusses their market observations, new services and success of the business over the last year.Read cover story

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June 2017

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Data Centre Management starts with understandingViewing the data centre in siloes instead of a single system increases the risk of failure.Read cover story

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May 2017

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p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 20.0px Arial; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; color: #666666; -webkit-text-stroke: #666666} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; color: #666666; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {font: 12.0px Arial; font-kerning: none} td.td1 {width: 660.0px; margin: 0.5px 0.5px 0.5px 0.5px; padding: 20.0px 20.0px 20.0px 20.0px} Edging your bets: the future of cloud computing Our lives are increasingly spent online, both personally and professionally. As each day passes our dependence on immediate connectivity grows, and the traffic generated by the communication between devices and machines is mounting. Gartner has predicted that in 2017 there will be 8.4 billion connected things in use worldwide. By 2020 this figure will reach 20.4 billion. With businesses and consumers expecting these connections to happen instantaneously, this will put enormous strain on the data centre load, particularly as many of the services we use most often, for everyday business IT continuity, industrial applications and streaming TV series, are all cloud-based. Read cover story

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May 2017

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In this issue of DCS you'll find plenty of food for thought. Our Uptime Institute article gives a great insight into the thinking behind the Green Mountain data centre operation in Norway where sustainability and energy efficiency are very much top of the agenda. Likewise, the Q and A with The Green Grid has a major focus on the same themes. Cynics might continue to suggest that no organisation will spend money on becoming green unless there's a worthwhile financial payback, but the good news is that, broadly speaking, sustainability and energy efficiency are, more often than not, about improving the performance of some aspect of the data centre, hence there often is some kind of a monetary 'reward'.

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April 2017

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Designing and optimising a data centre for the futureIn 2007, data centre efficiency was just emerging as a serious issue. Increases in data centre density and capacity were driving up energy bills, while concerns over global warming were spurring conversations and government pressures about energy consumption. Since then, the industry has responded with a number of tactical approaches and has been searching for cohesive strategies to optimise efficiency. Read cover story

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March 2017

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Power and CoolingIntegration - minimising disruption in the data centreDW talks to Maeve Fox, Global ITD Channel Strategy Manager, IT Channel, IT Division APC by Schneider Electric about the new APC by Schneider Power and Cooling Services MSP initiative, focusing on the benefits it provides for both MSPs and their customers, with integration being a key differentiator.Read cover story

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February 2017

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2017 - The year the data centre gets smart?

No need to tell everyone that the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and virtual reality are going to be playing an increasing part in all our lives, whether we like it or not, over the coming years. Less certain is how much of what goes on in the consumer world will infiltrate the business environment. Data centres run by robots (and no jokes that some of them are already!), employees connected to the workplace with VR technology implanted in their brains, and every single movement by humans and machines measured, monitored and analysed, to ensure that there's no wastage, whatever the task.

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February 2017

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Winter 2017

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It's easy to obtain the impression that the road to digitalisation requires a wholescale 'trashing' of traditional technologies and approaches to business, and the exclusive use of new, smart thinking. While there's no doubt that the journey to becoming a digital business is much easier achieved with a blank piece of paper, than a whole stack of legacy kit and mind-sets, whatever the starting position, the foundation of any 21st century organisation remains a reliance on traditional IT components compute, networks and storage. 

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November 2016

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Making the most of managed servicesFollowing on from our recent Managed Services & Hosting Summit, we asked some of the event sponsors for their thoughts and advice on how this market is developing. The full article will be appearing in the November issue of our digital publication, Digitalisation World, but I thought it worth sharing some of the sound bites in DCS:"End-customers shouldn't be fearful of a perceived "loss of control" from outsourcing elements of their current, internal IT function. Just ensure that safeguards are clearly built into formal agreements and relationships, to enable you to hold your service provider to account."

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DCS UK - November 2016

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Different by designDCSUK talks to Darren Watkins, Managing Director of VIRTUS Data Centres, about the state of the UK data centre market, focusing on the impact of the Cloud, edge computing, and the Internet of Things, as well as understanding how VIRTUS plans to develop its business over the coming months.Read cover story

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October 2016

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September 2016

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True convergence - will it ever happen?Earlier in the summer, Angel Business Communications, working alongside the DCA, organised the latest in its highly successful series of Data Centre Transformation events. Professor Ian Bitterlin, Visiting Professor Leeds University & Consultant Critical Facilities, and a well- known figure in the international data centre industry, gave the first Simon Campbell-Whyte Memorial Keynote in Manchester. As ever, Ian gave an entertaining overview of the many issues that the data centre industry faces right now highlighting many of the misunderstandings and pessimistic outlooks that tend to overshadow the industry as it appears to be losing the battle between data growth and data centre costs and efficiency or, to use Ian's chosen word, 'effectiveness'.Ian's key message was that the data centre industry is very far from meltdown, so long as data centre owners, operators and users understand some basic best practices. The primary issue that needs to be addressed is increased utilisation of the IT assets that are housed inside a data centre. Average present usage rates are no better than 10 per cent, but there's no reason why this figure cannot reach 60 per cent in the future. Alongside this simple measure, Ian also suggested that refreshing IT assets on no more than a two year cycle would lead to further significant energy savings, as vendors are constantly reducing the power requirements of their hardware units.

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September 2016

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The calm before the storm?Having been involved in a couple of recent research projects around some of the current emerging/buzz technologies (ie IoT, Cloud, SDN, Big Data and the like), I was a little surprised that the results of the initial surveys on which the projects were based revealed that the vast majority of IT and data centre end users seem to be more than happy with their current IT/data centre environments.Given the pace of change, both now and into the future, and the many demands being placed on IT/facilities around not just the topics mentioned above, but also BYOD, security and compliance, I was near-on amazed that the level of confidence was quite so high.On the face of it, such confidence should be a reason to celebrate no matter what is thrown at it, the data centre and the IT it houses are well able to cope. However, drilling down into the research surveys a little further, it seems that only a minority of end user actually have any concrete plans around issues such as Cloud, SDN, IoT and other emerging technologies. So, while it's great news that IT professionals are happy with their IT and data centre infrastructures right now, I would suggest that this situation may well change dramatically over the coming months, as they realise that they cannot afford to ignore these game-changing technologies. Companies who do not take on board these opportunities might just struggle to stay competitive, and their IT and data centre personnel may not be quite so content, in the near future!

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Summer 2016

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If memory serves, the poet Thomas Hardy wrote a poem entitled 'The Convergence of the Twain' which described the creation of the Titanic and the 'creation' of an iceberg,  and the eventual coming together of these two objects, with disastrous consequencesRight now, it would appear that the respective creators of the facilities and ICT functions of any organisation must be big poetry fans, as they seem scared stiff of the anticipated consequences of the convergence of their separate domains. Happily to report, where an iceberg + The Titanic led to a major catastrophe (that's the movie as well as the original event!), the coming together of data centre facilities and ICT is something not only to be wished for but also acted upon. Our recent DTC conference covered many, many data centre topics, but the overwhelming conclusion from listening to the many of the presentations and subsequent debates is that, until such time as facilities and ICT seek to understand and help each other, the idea of an optimised data centre will remain nothing but a pipe dream. 

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June 2016

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Looking backwards and forwardsFirst up congratulations to all our DCS Awards winners (see Page 14). We had a great evening in the City of London celebrating the achievements of the many companies and individuals who make the data centre industry the success that it so clearly is. End user projects were recognised, along with the whole range of technologies that can be found in today's modern, optimised data centre (most of them are getting there!), and the vendors who brought these new ideas to market.

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May 2016

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The Digital concern"The Cloud plays a crucial role in the Digital Transformation journey for enterprises no matter what the size and scale"

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May 2016

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Cloud continues to cause 'chaos'While the whole Cloud/Managed Services debate has moved on from the level of ignorance that allowed a UK government minister to ask, in all seriousness, what was going to happen to all the redundant data centres if IT was moving to the Cloud, there is still a substantial amount of uncertainty surrounding the subject. With AWS and Azure making moves on Europe, at the same time as one or two existing Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) are getting out of the game, end users could be forgiven for scratching their heads, holding a finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing, and then deciding to use a pin to select their CSP from a long list of possibles. Some are offering little more than the bare data centre infrastructure, some are offering the full works, from nuts to soup, and many others are somewhere between the two.

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April 2016

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Spring is here - and it's time to kick some tyresWhile the global IT event calendar is so busy that hardly a day goes by without some 'must-attend' event taking place somewhere on the planet whether organised by a vendor, a trade association, The Channel, an analyst house, or a dedicated media organisation the major spring events are coming thick and fast right now. We know that DCS does an excellent job of keeping you informed of the major technology and hot topic trends that currently dominate the data centre landscape, there's no doubt that a day or two out of the office, spent talking with vendors and your peers at a trade conference and/or show, is time well spent. Face to face meetings are a great way to cut through the hype of the social media channels, the seemingly endless surveys reported on in the news and the impression that magazines can give that 'everybody is doing this', to understand the reality. And that reality is often quite comforting not everyone has yet got to grips with Big Data, Cloud, Internet of Things. Indeed, it seems that, despite many years of education, even some of the most basic data centre practices concerning such technologies as power and cooling, asset management and the like, are not as common as might be supposed in terms of their implementation. That's the 'good' news.

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March 2016

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London reclaims data centre top spotCourtesy of CBRE, some news on the European data centre market:London saw the most demand for colocation data centre space across Europe in 2015, displacing Amsterdam from the top spot, according to the latest data from global real estate advisor CBRE.In 2015, London outperformed its European counterparts with 26MW of customer IT power sold during the year.Its Q4 total of 10MW marked the highest quarterly take-up in any European market for two years. Underpinning this trend is ongoing momentum from IT infrastructure firms as they continue to host directly from London, having served the market from Dublin. These companies are responsible for the vast majority of transactions as they continue to dominate the European landscape. Furthermore, ongoing prospects for London remain strong. Large numbers of enterprise firms can now accesscloud services as IT Infrastructure companies have started to provide on-off ramps across data centres in London. The major markets of Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris (FLAP cities) enjoyed an overall healthy yearwith 62MW of take-up during 2015.

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February 2016

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Be confident in CloudAt a time when the global financial markets are in potential free-fall (apparently triggered by the low cost of oil, and Chinese turmoil; but wasn't the last cliff-falling moment caused by the price of oil being too high?!), 2016 could be a(nother) nervous year for us all. This will be particularly disappointing as the ICT and data centre sector had gained significant momentum during 2015 and, prior to the Davos-inspired (?) doom and gloom, 2016 was looking to be more of the same optimism and investment in a bright future for Cloud, Big Data, data centres large and small, and the Internet of Things. Let us hope that the financial meltdown being predicted at the time of writing by those media organisations who love to celebrate the bad, rather than the good, does not materialise into large black clouds that will signify a return to the turmoil of the recession we thought we were leaving behind.

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February 2016

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Sorting the hype from the realityWhile our news headlines suggest that all businesses are rushing headlong to embrace one or more of the latest hot technologies or ideas ((Digital transformation spending to surpass $ billion; Public Cloud services market to reach $204 billion; Analytics and algorithms continue to grow; Public cloud storage spending will double), the excellent article from Freeform Dynamics Tony Lock (see Page 8) does a great job of putting the endless IT hype into a very sensible, realistic perspective.

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Winter 2015

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The best of times, the worst of times?WITH APOLOGIES TO ONE OF MY FAVOURITE READS, this phrase, as so often, seems to sum up rather neatly the current state of the data centre and ICT industries. It is the best of times because so many positive changes are taking place new technologies, new ideas, new companies all having a significant impact on the way that the data centre and the IT infrastructure it hosts will operate in the future. Cloud is almost old hat, but Big Data is gaining significant momentum and the Internet of Things is still in its infancy, but promises major change for the good.It is the worst of times because we seem to be rushing headlong into this new, 'ultra-tech' world, where less and less people truly understand what is happening, and how it all works, and, perhaps most alarmingly, we seem to be making it easier and easier for the bad guys to cause mayhem. Physical files under lock and key require a very determined burglar, and a very energetic one if they want to steal files from multiple companies; computer files seem to be vulnerable to anyone with the knowledge and determination to carry out online security hacks and attacks.

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November 2015

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Size does matterThe news that Dell plans to acquire EMC should come as no surprise in an age when consolidation and convergence (both in the ICT department and amongst the vendor community) is the order of the day. Less obvious is the desirability of the creation of fewer and fewer, larger and larger ICT providers a trend which seems to be growing, as many a start-up company with some smart technology is quickly 'hoovered up' by a Tier 1 vendor keen to plug a gap in its portfolio that, apparently, has to offer one seamless end to end ICT solution for end users.

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November 2015

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When will consolidation come to an end?For those that subscribe to the view that, true to its utility moniker, the ICT landscape will end up being dominated by half a dozen or so huge, global corporations providing all our compute needs whether those of private individuals, public bodies or enterprises the news that Dell plans to acquire EMC should come as no surprise. The acquisition is just one of many logical next steps that need to happen before the true utility computing model reaches maturity.

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September 2015

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News, features and views on the Data Centre industry from a UK perspective.  Articles from SNIA, DCA, UPS, Virtual Instruments amongst others.

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October 2015

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The drive to digitalisationIf there is one certainty about digitalisation, it's the fact that doing nothing is simply not an option, regardless of what type of business you work in, or how irrelevant you think that digital technology is to your company.For example, at the most basic level, digital communications are a great way of keeping in contact with your (actual and potential) customer base. Yes, most of us are fed up with the endless spam emails, the phone calls telling us that the banks owe us millions in mis-sold insurance policies of one kind or another and the texts telling us much the same (the banks do seem to have done an awful lot of mis-selling!); but I suspect that this is a manageable price to pay for all the positive interaction we have special offers, new product announcements and the like.

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May 2015

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The IT world is moving at a very fast pace right now, leaving end users with plenty of tricky decisions to make. As the news pages make clear, the Cloud is continuing to dominate the business landscape right now, and right on its heels comes the Internet of Things - including the world of wearables. As the digital world dawns (or at least becomes mainstream), the trick is to decide what makes sense to your business (both your employees and/or your customers) and what doesn't.

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June 2015

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Just a month ago, in the May issue of DCS, I wrote that the IT landscape was changing very quickly, and that end users needed to make sure that they were up to speed on their Clouds, IoT, Big Data and the like so that they did not get left behind.

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Summer 2015

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THE IT SPACE is in danger of overheating right now - there's so much activity, so many companies all trying to position themselves as the only supplier you'll need to meet all your business needs - despite the fact that we're in the era of open, eclectic solutions, where end users should be able to pick and choose a range of services and technologies from different suppliers and have them work all together. No sooner has the buzz around the Cloud and Managed Services started delivering real benefits to end users, and judicious use of the real technologies behind Big Data is also reaping rewards, than the goalposts are moved, or more accurately, widened, to encompass the Internet of Things (IoT) and the whole idea of digitalisation.

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September 2015

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With the latest security horror story, courtesy of the Carphone Warehouse, fresh in everyone's minds, I can't help but return to the CIF/Cloud Security roundtable that DCS reported on back in the spring - with the overwhelming conclusion being that, while there would never be anything called 'absolute security', the vast majority of organisations have a long way to go in terms of ensuring that their IT security is anywhere near 'best-in-class'.

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