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Rackspace Technology helps Awaze achieve record performance with AWS project

Europe’s leading managed vacation rentals group, Awaze, says its support from Rackspace Technology is already paying dividends as it celebrates a record year and looks forward to further growth.

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Cloud on the increase, but cost concerns remain

O’Reilly has published the findings of the global 2021 Cloud Adoption Survey. The report explores the latest trends in cloud, microservices, distributed application development, and other critical infrastructure and operations technologies. Similar to last year’s results, cloud adoption has continued to grow, but cost and regulatory requirements are two major challenges cited by respondents.

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89% of UK tech operations to be hosted off-premise

Plans for hybrid working and future tech investment are calling into question the need for businesses to maintain or rely on their on-premise data centres, according to new research from Zen Internet.

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Black & Veatch collaborates with Future Facilities

Black & Veatch and Future Facilities will work together to offer assessments, analysis and modelling as financial industry seeks to modernize data center infrastructure.

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Keysource launches State of the Industry Report 2021

Keysource has revealed the key findings of this year’s industry survey which is designed to give an insight into the decisions and considerations that UK IT directors and senior decision makers in the data centre industry are making, which in turn are influencing the market. It is titled “The New Normal & It’s Green!” as it acknowledges that much of the developed world has taken the decision to ‘live with the virus’ and look to the future, embracing the increasingly important sustainability criteria for all businesses.

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Microsoft Azure introduces new Dasv5 and Easv5 VMs

AMD has detailed its continued momentum and collaboration with Microsoft Azure, who is offering the 3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ processor in the latest generation of Dasv5 and Easv5 Azure Virtual Machines (VMs).

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Schneider Electric calls for urgent action to accelerate Net Zero

Innovation Summit World Tour 2021 urges rapid acceleration of carbon emission reduction to reach 2050 net zero ambition.

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Flexible data centres can reduce grid carbon emissions

Lancium™, a technology company focused on the energy transition, has published a Company-sponsored report “Impact of Large, Flexible Data Center Operations on the Future of ERCOT.” The report assesses the energy and environmental impact of deploying 5,000MW of flexible data center capacity in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) grid by 2030. ERCOT manages the flow of electric power to more than 26 million Texas customers, representing approximately 90 percent of the state’s electric load.

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European cloud providers double in size but lose market share

New data from Synergy Research Group shows that since the beginning of 2017 the European cloud market has grown almost fourfold, reaching EUR 7.3 billion (US$8.8 billion) in the second quarter of 2021.

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Cloud migration plans surge

Equinix has found there has been a significant year-on-year leap in UK companies planning to move business-critical applications to the cloud, despite cybersecurity concerns.

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IDC forecasts worldwide "Whole Cloud" spending to reach $1.3 trillion by 2025

Over the past decade, cloud computing has become the foundation for the delivery of mobile and content services as well as an alternative to traditional enterprise computing environments. As businesses pivot to a digital-first economy, cloud will continue to play an ever greater, and even dominant, role as the IT industry focuses on delivering greater efficiency, flexibility, and faster innovation. Given its central role in the future enterprise, International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts "whole cloud" spending – total worldwide spending on cloud services, the hardware and software components underpinning the cloud supply chain, and the professional/managed services opportunities around cloud services – will surpass $1.3 trillion by 2025 while sustaining a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.9%.

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Data centre survey highlights sustainability, outage and efficiency challenges

The results reveal gaps in sustainability tracking, fewer outages with more grave consequences, staffing and supply chain concerns, stalled efficiency gains, and more.

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AGU selects Rackspace Technology to strengthen infrastructure

Rackspace Technology has worked with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to improve the scalability and reliability of its IT infrastructure.

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EUDCA appoints new Chairman and Board of Directors

Following its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in June 2021, the European Data Centre Association (EUDCA) proudly announces the appointment of a new Board of Directors. Michael Winterson, Managing Director at Equinix Services Ltd has been elected Chair to guide the association at this important stage of its evolution.

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Becoming the world’s most sustainable data centre nation

“Norway has a unique foundation for becoming the world's most attractive data center nation. We have a surplus of renewable energy, low electricity prices, good digital infrastructure and a cool climate. The Government is now strengthening its commitment to a sustainable data center industry. This will create many new jobs in the regions and help develop new digital services throughout the country," says Minister of Regional Development and Digitalisation Linda Hofstad Helleland.

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Videos

Andre Azevedo, CEO at Ancoris, explains how the company’s new GreenLab Google Cloud service helps organisations to understand the actions they can take around their IT infrastructure to achieve their sustainability goals, with cloud migration a high priority for many.
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.
Nick Smith, Business Development Manager at Genetec, discusses the changing role of physical security as it impacts IT infrastructure, identifying some key trends. He also details the company’s recent Streamvault Edge launch and highlights the particular physical security challenges faced by the data centre sector.
Piers Wilson, Head of Product Management at Huntsman Security, discusses the importance of carrying out a ransomware readiness assessment to discover any potentially costly security gaps within an organisation’s IT infrastructure. The company’s recently launched SmartCheck for Ransomware is designed to help companies fortify their cyber risk management.

Expert Opinions

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.
By Nic Sarginson, Principal Solutions Engineer at Yubico.
Simon Spring, Operations Director of EMEA at WhereScape, discusses some of the common misconceptions surrounding data warehouses, data lakes, and data hubs, and why a proper understanding of each is key to building effective data infrastructure.
The success of environmental policymaking is inextricably linked to the deployment of high-frequency data and artificial intelligence (AI). Geoff McGrath, Managing Director of CKDelta, discusses the role of holistic, data-driven decision making in responding to the climate crisis and driving down carbon emissions.