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Sustainability drives the data centre sector

Jon Healy, Chief Operating Officer at Keysource, offers some great insights into the challenges and opportunities facing the industry in 2024 and beyond, with the many aspects of sustainability dominating the agenda, alongside the advent of AI, the ongoing skills shortage, and one or two supply chain issues.

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AI-ready data centres - are you prepared?

Manja Thessin, AFL Hyperscale’s Market Manager, looks at the key trends in AI and hyperscale data centres, covering the significant increases anticipated in AI cluster sizes, densities and overall scales of deployment, the innovations in fibre optic cabling technologies required to meet this demand, and summarises how the industry needs to evolve to meet the challenges of scaling AI to exascale.

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AI poses fresh challenges for the data centre industry

The opening of Legrand’s latest Experience Center in Reading, UK, last year is just one of many technology and corporate strategy developments focused on optimizing the company’s data centre products and services portfolio, as well as the overall customer experience. Paul Roberts, Product Specialist and MTDC Account Manager for Legrand Data Centre Solutions, talks to DCS.

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Digital technologies help to address the skills shortage

Mark Fenton, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Cadence, explains the ways in which digital twins, augmented and virtual reality and AI can help the data centre industry address the impending skills shortage as well as providing many operational benefits.

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Addressing the challenges of implementing AI-driven data centre infrastructure

Manja Thessin, AFL's Market Manager, explains how the AI revolution is driving change in data centre architecture, outlining the unique challenges these environments face in terms of cabling and connectivity as they integrate AI technologies as well as ways in which they can be addressed.

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Connectivity crucial to beat the bottlenecks

Nicholas Cole, Enterprise and Data Centre Solutions Manager at EXFO, discusses the many challenges facing the data centre at the present time - more and more data, the impending AI explosion, ongoing cloud migrations, the edge and sustainability – which are placing ever more demands on the facilities themselves and, as importantly, the connectivity infrastructure both within and outside these buildings.

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Cyber resilience and sustainability drive the need for data centre innovation

Rajkumar Vijayarangakann, Lead, Network Design & DevOps, ManageEngine, discusses the growing importance of cyber resilience as a focus for the data centre, alongside the ongoing sustainability imperative. Against such a demanding and rapidly evolving background, Rajkumar believes that comprehensive, well developed and implemented ongoing data centre optimisation strategies have never been so important.

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Where there’s a way, there’s a will

Paolo Perani, Sustainability Manager for ABB Electrification Distribution Solutions, discusses electrification, decarbonisation and broader sustainability topics, with plenty of examples of how the company is working with its supply chain and customers, as well as internally, to ensure that the journey to NetZero is energised by the many digital and sustainable technology solutions being continuously developed by ABB.

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AI looms large over industry’s sustainability roadmap

Tate Cantrell, Chief Technology Officer at Verne Global, provides some brilliant insights into the data centre industry’s sustainability progress to date and the technology and strategic innovations which will make a difference into the future – warning that the sheer scale of the impending AI explosion could just cause a disruptive re-think of many stakeholders’ Net Zero plans.

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Hybrid cooling a future industry highlight

Gordon Johnson, Senior CFD Manager at Subzero Engineering, discusses the ways in which the industry is moving towards its sustainability objectives, with liquid cooling predicted to have an increasingly important role to play as part of a likely future hybrid cooling strategy.

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Time for some more meaningful metrics?

Jad Jebara, President and CEO of Hyperview, provides some brilliant insights as to how the data centre industry, prompted by the requirement for meaningful environmental reporting, can work towards a truly sustainable future by focusing on the metrics ‘that matter’.

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Physical security – key to an integrated data centre security policy

Nick Smith, Business Development Manager at Genetec, discusses the main data centre physical security challenges for the industry, sharing some valuable insights as to how best to deal with the insider threat and the key questions end users should be asking their data centre operators when it comes to keeping their IT assets safe.

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Is the data centre industry ready for AI?

Steven Carlini, VP for Innovation and Data Centre at Schneider Electric, explains how the massive, continuing AI explosion is threatening to re-write the rules when it comes to data centre design and operation. The company recently published a Blueprint for AI data centres, which explores pioneering approaches to data centre design, and Steve shares the four key AI attributes and trends that will underpin physical infrastructure requirements in the era of machine learning.

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Systems engineering approach offers electrical infrastructure optimisation

Neil Potter, Business Development Manager for Electrical Systems and Solutions, Eaton, discusses the problems data centre owners and operators have when it comes to optimising the design, implementation, operation and retirement of their electrical infrastructure; and goes on to explain how the company’s recently launched xIntegra solution addresses these challenges by providing an holistic, integrated systems engineering approach to electrical systems design, hardware, software, services and the value chain lifecycle.

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Reinventing DCIM

Jad Jebara, President and CEO of Hyperview, discusses the hybrid infrastructure landscape in which all companies are working out how best to optimise the performance of their applications and, importantly, the infrastructure on which they run. He explains how Hyperview has ‘reinvented’ DCIM to provide a new level of insights and actions to those responsible for operating and managing data centre and wider IT enterprise infrastructure assets – whatever the mix of on-prem, colo, cloud and edge.

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