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Data centre industry in good health, ready for sustainability, supply chain and skills challenges

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.

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UPS in the spotlight

DCS talks to Louis McGarry, Sales & Marketing Director at Centiel UK, focusing on the company’s impressive track record designing, manufacturing and delivering UPS systems for the data centre market, with hot/safe swap, the importance of service and sustainability key topics covered during the conversation.

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A powerful contribution to data centre sustainability

Sustainability is a key driver of data centre decision-making. In conversation with Marc Garner, VP Secure Power, UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric, DCS discusses the role that power plays in this process, and finds out more about Schneider Electric’s new Galaxy VL 200-500 KW, 3-phase UPS.

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How the edge is taking the centre stage

DCS talks with Alex Pope, Vertiv’s Vice President of Integrated Rack Solutions (EMEA), about the rapidly developing demand for edge IT infrastructure to meet a variety of customer expectations; and about the company’s recently launched VRC-S micro data centre, designed to provide the flexibility and scalability required by these edge applications.

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CFD and digital twin technology optimises data centre design

DCS talks to Alex Dorn, Engineering Manager at Future Facilities, about the work Future Facilities carried out with Kao Data and JCA Engineering, to help design the UK’s first 100% free cooling, wholesale colocation facility. The use of both CFD analysis and digital twin technology played a major part in the success of the project and, indeed, continues to deliver benefits as IT resources are deployed within the facility.

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Data Centre Alliance Commissioning Special Interest Group Spotlight

DCS talks with Paul Smethurst, Chair and Ian Bitterlin, Specialist Advisor, both of the DCA’s Commissioning SIG, to find out more about the work the group is doing to educate the industry when it comes to the many, varied complexities of data centre testing and commissioning.

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DCA Anti-contamination, Filtration and Cleaning Special Interest Group

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.

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Data Centre Alliance Sustainability Special Interest Group Spotlight

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.

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Driving the data centre industry agenda

DCS talks to Steve Hone, Co-Founder and CEO of the Data Centre Alliance (DCA), finding out more about the work it does to promote and shape the industry via its strong membership base.

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Data Centre Alliance Workforce Capability and Development Special Interest Group Spotlight

DCS talks with Steve Bowes-Phipps, Chair of the DCA’s Workforce Capability & Development SIG, to find out more about the work the group is doing to address the industry’s skills shortage, as well as to encourage a more diverse workforce.

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Seeing the light - Part 4

DCS talks data centre lighting with Steve Mansell, Divisional Director – Critical Facilities UK, ZG Lighting (UK) Ltd. The key design considerations, advice for specifiers and buyers, the importance of sustainability and the Zumtobel Group’s lighting solutions expertise are all covered.

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Seeing the light - Part 3

DCS talks data centre lighting with Steve Mansell, Divisional Director – Critical Facilities UK, ZG Lighting (UK) Ltd. The key design considerations, advice for specifiers and buyers, the importance of sustainability and the Zumtobel Group’s lighting solutions expertise are all covered.

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