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Warren Barrie, Director, Data Centers - Bulk Data Centers, explains how fintech companies are exploring alternatives to their current data storage and wider IT infrastructure footprints, as they ramp up commitment to their sustainability commitments. Moving to a data centre in the Baltic region could well be one such solution.
Dominic Ward, CEO of Verne Global, provides some valuable in-depth insight into the sustainability challenges facing the data centre industry, acknowledging that more work needs to be done, not least when it comes to the standardisation of environmental reporting.
Eyjólfur Magnús Kristinsson, CEO, atNorth, discusses the company’s three recent Finnish data centre acquisitions, as it seeks to develop significantly its Nordic region portfolio. He also indicates that there will be further acquisitions during 2023 – Sweden and Denmark being prime targets - with legacy, brownfield and greenfield sites of various ‘shapes and sizes’ part of the growth strategy.
Pankaj Sharma, Schneider Electric's Global Executive Vice President, Secure Power Division, discusses the sustainability gap, with too many organisations talking up their environmental credentials, but failing to implement the necessary actions.
Richard Sem, Partner at Pantheon Ventures and investment manager of Pantheon Infrastructure Plc (PINT), discusses the exciting investment opportunities in wireless towers, data centres and fibre-optic networks, driven by the increasing demand in mobile data usage, cloud services and the like.
Alex Brew, Regional Director, Northern Europe at Vertiv., shares the company’s predictions for the data centre industry in 2023. Expect energy efficiency-related legislation and innovation - with alternatives to diesel generators and the final ‘arrival’ of liquid cooling on the horizon – alongside the excitement and uncertainty of 5G, edge and the metaverse!
Steve Donovan, atNorth’s recently appointed Chief Development Officer, is looking forward to his new role in growing the company’s data centre footprint and profile across the Nordics and, in time, beyond. He believes that atNorth is ideally placed to meet the ever-increasing demand for sustainability within the data centre industry.
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.
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.
Rob Elder, Vice President Data Centers, Bulk Infrastructure AS, discusses the current energy price spike and the impact it is already having on the global data centre industry - with a particular focus on how location is becoming an increasingly important factor for end users.
The opening of Telehouse South at its London Docklands campus might represent something of a change for Telehouse, as it represents an ‘ambitious and aesthetic’ refurbishment of an existing data centre, as opposed to a new build, but it continues the company’s focus of providing high level colocation facilities, where latency, cloud, connectivity and sustainability all have key roles to play. Mark Pestridge, Senior Customer Experience Director, Telehouse Europe, explains all.
Thor Johnsen, Head of Triple Point's Digital 9 Infrastructure plc., discusses the organisation’s recent data centre acquisitions in London and Finland, as it seeks to develop a multi-site, multi-location strategy with sustainability as a central focus.
Michael James and Terence Chabe, Capital Market Specialists at Colt Technology Services, discuss the implications for data centre infrastructure as some of Europe’s largest financial exchanges address the fallout from Brexit, with geography, latency, security, cloud services, software defined networks and the edge all in the spotlight.
Antoine Boniface, President EMEA, Vantage Data Centers, outlines the company’s ongoing expansion programme, which has seen it increase its presence in Africa, Asia and Europe in recent months, through a mixture of acquisitions and greenfield construction. With the company committed to achieving NetZero carbon emissions by 2030, Antoine has some valuable insights into how the data centre industry needs to move forward collectively to meet its sustainability objectives. (This interview took place at the end of 2021).
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.
Skill shortages are stifling the IT industry’s growth, with the majority of IT businesses (92%) feeling there’s a significant gap between the skills held by their current workforce and those needed to meet business objectives.
Macquarie Capital as lead investor and Flemish investment company PMV and infrastructure fund EPICo² , have become majority investors into KevlinX, a pan-European data centre platform that has now commenced construction of its first data centre in Brussels, Belgium.