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Sustainability becoming a major Channel focus
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Michael O’Hara, Group Managing Director of DataSolutions, a distributor of transformational IT solutions, talks through the results of the company’s Channel sustainability stock-take survey, revealing how companies are losing out on contracts if they can’t demonstrate their environmental credentials, how the Channel is beginning to address its sustainability responsibilities and highlights the success of DataSolutions’ Techies Go Green initiative.

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Demand response set to deliver for the data centre sector?

Kerr Johnstone, Director, i3 Solutions Group, discusses the increasing global demand for power, the strain that this places on power grids, and the opportunity this creates for the data centre industry to embrace the idea of demand response. Kerr explains how demand response can help data centre owners and operators contribute towards the industry’s Net Zero target, as well as generate useful revenue. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about the how, where and when of data centre demand response, this is the place to start!

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Sustainable data centre expansion programme – a Vantage perspective

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).

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Data centre sustainability in a post-COP26, digital world

Astrid Wynne, Chair of the DCA’s Sustainability Special Interest Group, provides detailed and fascinating insight as to the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the data centre industry in the aftermath of the recent COP26 Summit, as the sector continues to provide a resilient foundation for global digital transformation.

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Sustainability and digital transformation – mutually exclusive or not?

Pankaj Sharma, Executive Vice President, Secure Power Division at Schneider Electric, is optimistic that organisations can pursue the benefits of digital transformation without compromising on their sustainability objectives. In particular, he believes that the data centre industry is very well placed to address the pressing environmental demands of the next few years, as it continues to develop technology innovations as it helps end users embrace the opportunities of the Digital Age.

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What’s next for networks?

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.

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Shooting the breeze on thermal management

Chair of the Data Centre Alliance’s Thermal Management Special Interest Group (SIG), Jon Summers, looks at some of the topics and technologies under scrutiny as the current sustainability focus turns up the heat on the data centre sector to improve its environmental performance. Liquid cooling, legacy data centres, the PUE metric, geography and climate, waste heat reuse and the role of AI are all covered during the discussion.

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Sustainability, security and success stories - Keysource

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.

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DIAL for data centre expertise

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’.

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Net Zero – the data centre ‘dilemma’

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.

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What makes a next generation IT solutions provider?

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.

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Global data centres - the foundation of NTT’s full stack, hybrid IT solutions portfolio

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.

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