Mike McAdam, Data Centre Director EMEA, and Simon Prichard, Product Strategy Manager, both at Mitsubishi Electric Europe, explain how real-time data visualisation and smart insights can help to optimise data centre power and cooling infrastructure, before discussing the wider sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the industry into the future. They also share the company’s plans to leverage its critical infrastructure expertise to expand its presence within the data centre sector.
Nick Smith, Business Development Manager at Genetec, discusses the changing role of physical security as it impacts IT infrastructure, identifying some key trends. He also details the company’s recent Streamvault Edge launch and highlights the particular physical security challenges faced by the data centre sector.
Coeus Consulting, an independent IT advisory focused on delivering strategic change, recently published the findings of its report: ‘The critical role of technology leaders in delivering on sustainability targets’. Graeme Trevayne, Associate Director at Coeus Consulting, talks through the survey results, highlighting the progress which has already been made, whilst suggesting that there is much more that can be done, not least when it comes to the need for some commonly agreed, IT sustainability objectives and the accompanying metrics.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
According to Canalys’ latest cybersecurity forecasts, global cybersecurity spending (including enterprise products and services) will increase by 13.2% in 2023 and remain a key growth sector for channel partners.
With Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT firmly established, and similar initiatives for Income Tax & Corporation Tax to follow, the tax industry must embrace technology and digitalisation. To ensure compliance with MTD regulations, businesses must have a firm grasp on their data from start to finish – understanding it, knowing where commonalities should exist, and where it flows. Hence, the growing calls within businesses for Tax Technologists, argues Russell Gammon, Chief Solutions Officer at Tax Systems.