Ciarán Forde, Segment Leader, Data Centre and IT, Electrical Sector, EMEA, Eaton, discusses the findings of the company’s recent report: The Intersection of Digital Transformation and the Energy Transition, which highlights an apparent gap between digital transformation and energy transition efforts in four power critical sectors, including the data centre industry. Ciaran highlights the progress the industry has made to date, as well as explaining how a new type of digital toolkit can help companies in their quest for truly sustainable operational optimisation.
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.
Marc Garner, VP, Schneider Electric UK and Ireland, outlines the features and benefits of the recently launched Easy Modular All-in-One Data Center, before discussing the growing applications for modular data centres – not least the edge computing market.
Christian Gilby, Senior Director of Enterprise Product Marketing, Juniper Networks, talks through the recent updates to the Apstra intent-based networking platform, covering edge, Zero Trust and migration services. He also details a recent customer success story.
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.
Ken Hall, Data Center Solutions Architect at Commscope, provides some fascinating insights into the world of networks and connectivity, with wireless infrastructure, fueled in part by the advent of 5G, predicted to grow in importance as end users demand a secure, ‘seamless’ work experience, no matter where, when or how.
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.
Ross Everard, Managing Director at Infinite Edge Technologies, plans to grow the company through the provision of digital solutions focusing on current customer challenges, such as IoT, the hybrid workplace, collaboration and digital business performance. Helping end users with speed to market, service effectiveness and new business model creation are just some of the benefits promised by this next generation IT approach.
Data center power systems supplier Kohler has launched its range of walk-in Power Optimised Design Solutions (PODS) in response to the increased market demand for high-power gensets. Richard Russet, Managing Director, Kohler, gives an in-depth update on the company, including the launch, and then talks to DCS about some of the challenges facing the data centre industry right now.
DCS talks with Sam Prudhomme, Subzero Engineering’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, discussing the problems of planning for edge applications without any certainty as to when, where and how they will need to be delivered by means of an organisation’s data centre infrastructure. Speed of construction, flexibility, agility and scalability are key, which is why Subzero Engineering has taken a slightly different approach when it comes to designing the Essential Micro Data Centre.
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.
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.