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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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Up close with Kohler

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.

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PODS launch addresses high-powered demand

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, talks through the launch, as well as some of the challenges facing the data centre industry right now.

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Edge takes centre stage for Proximity

John Hall, Managing Director Colocation, Proximity Data Centres, explains the company’s strategy as it builds out a network of 20 or so regional, or edge, UK colocation data centres. With the halfway point already in sight, he is confident that the company’s business model is an attractive proposition for a variety of customers. John also shares some fascinating insights as to how he sees the data centre industry developing over time, as it tries to reconcile increasing demand with its sustainability responsibilities.

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Sustainable digital infrastructure in the spotlight

Thor Johnsen, Head of Digital Infrastructure at investment company Triple Point Digital 9 Infrastructure (D9) and Dominic Ward, CEO of Icelandic data centre operator Verne Global, discuss the investment company’s recent acquisition of the Icelandic data centre operator, with sustainability very much front and centre. Both provide valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities of sustainable investment, operating truly sustainable data centres and of responding to the wider focus on environmental issues ahead of the COP26 Summit.

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Sustainability focused tech disruptor launches ‘as-a-service’ model to tackle e-waste crisis head on.
84% of IT professionals have some degree of confidence in their user access security systems to enable remote work securely and easily, up from 56% in 2021.
Evolution Data Centres (EDC) has entered into a programmatic joint venture with affiliates of Warburg Pincus for the development of sustainable hyper-scale data centres in the fast-growing cloud markets within Southeast Asia. As part of the Venture, WP will be committing capital from its maiden asset-level Asia real estate Fund, which successfully closed with committed capital of $2.8 billion in late 2021.
New report finds that AI-enabled chatbots are the least satisfying customer experience and most likely to cause annoyance.

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