Jim Hart, CEO of BCS, discusses the company’s Summer Report, which finds that the data centre industry continues to expand and innovate as it faces any number of challenges around sustainability, energy supplies and costs, skills shortage and supply chain volatility.
Owen Rogers, Uptime Institute Research Director for Cloud Computing, discusses the findings of his recent report – Public Cloud Costs versus Resiliency: Stateless Applications, which outlines the importance of cloud service resiliency as it can impact on application availability.
Aoife Foley, IEEE Senior Member and Professor, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, provides valuable insight into a whole range of technology, social and political challenges and opportunities which are shaping the quest for Net Zero.
Robert Belgrave, CEO of Pax8 EMEA, shares his plans for the company, following a recent $185 million investment round - with ongoing geographical and technology solutions expansion very much on the agenda. Robert also provides some fascinating insights into the post-pandemic Channel and end user business worlds.
Richard Clifford, Head of Innovation at Keysource, talks through some of the company’s recent customer success stories, its new cybersecurity focus, and goes on to provide some great insights into the data centre sustainability debate – with Scope 3 emissions and supply chain collaboration a major focus, alongside hybrid cooling and the edge. Richard also suggests that it might be time to move beyond the PUE metric as a measure of data centre energy efficiency.
Mike West, CEO of Digital Infrastructure Advisors Ltd (DIAL), outlines the company’s comprehensive data centre service – business advice, legal services, technical and design – alongside what he believes is an overdue, major focus on cybersecurity. In simple terms, Mike thinks that there needs to be more industry-wide understanding and planning around ‘what happens if a data centre goes down thanks to a cyber attack’.
Rob Mather, Sales Director at Power Control Ltd (PCL), offers some thoughts on the role that UPS systems have to play in helping the data centre industry reduce its carbon footprint, as well as on wider sustainability issues such as renewables, waste heat re-use, micro grids and the supply chain.
NTT’s John Eland, talks through the company’s global data centre expansion plans, which cover the US, UK, Spain, South Africa, Malaysia and, most notably, India. John also explains how NTT’s ability to provide almost any combination of colocation, connectivity and ICT solutions required fits perfectly with customers’ hybrid IT requirements.
DCS talks with Jim Hart, CEO of Business Critical Solutions (BCS). The company’s summer report paints an optimistic picture for the data centre sector in terms of continuing growth; but acknowledges that the industry faces some significant disruption as it seeks to address the problems posed by climate change, the global supply chain and a skills shortage.
DCS talks to the SIG Chair, Gary Hall, about the work the group has achieved to date – including the publication of the Anti-Contamination Guide and Risk Register – and looks at future plans for a project focusing on the link between a clean data centre and an energy efficient one, as well as Gary’s suggestion that data centres will eventually be regulated in much the same way as clean rooms are now.
DCS talks with Astrid Wynne, Chair of the DCA’s Sustainability SIG, to find out more about the work the group is doing to educate the industry on sustainability issues such as materials usage, energy at the point of use, renewable energy and energy efficiency and innovation more widely, the circular economy and Scope 3 emissions.
Part 2 of 2. DCS talks with John Booth, Chair of the DCA’s Energy Efficiency SIG, about the work the group contributes to data centre standards, the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres, as well as energy efficiency technology innovation.
Datacentre Solutions Magazine talks to Jim Hart, CEO of BCS Integrated Solutions, focusing on the company’s recently published summer report, where disaster recovery plans and data centre trends come under the spotlight.
DCS looks ahead to 2021 with Jim Hart, CEO, and Stephen Whatling, Chairman, Business Critical Solutions (BCS). Energy efficiency and sustainability, edge, investment, Brexit and skills are amongst the topics discussed.
Storage is one of the areas where an IT department can deliver very substantial cost savings, without sacrificing availability, reliability, performance, or cyber resilience.
By Richard Bradbury – SVP EMEA & APJ at Infinidat.