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The digital infrastructure sector needs to invest and innovate to meet demand

Jacqueline Davis, Research Analyst for Uptime Intelligence, discusses the organisation’s recently published "Five data center predictions for 2024" - AI and liquid cooling are both set to have an impact, but not at the scale anticipated, sustainability accountability has arrived, data centre software will get smarter, and there’s a growing trend for the building out of hyperscale campuses.

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Hydrogen delivers healthy power generation in mission-critical applications

Ben Crawford, Manager of Business Development, focused on emerging technologies, Kohler Power Systems, and Richard John Ferguson, Manager of Business Development, Fuel Cells, Toyota Motor North America explain how the two companies have collaborated to develop and install a hydrogen fuel cell power generation system at the Klickitat Valley Health hospital in Goldendale, Washington. The fuel cell power system combines Kohler and Toyota technologies to showcase the viability of the zero-emission technology for power generation and marks a significant step for Kohler toward offering a commercially available product that will help customers with their decarbonisation goals in sectors such as the data centre industry.

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AI, data sovereignty and location drive the data centre agenda

Zahl Limbuwala, Operating Partner, DTCP, provides some brilliant insights into the challenges facing the data centre industry in 2024 and beyond – with his thoughts on AI, data sovereignty, data centre location, legislation and sustainability combined into a compelling narrative of the likely future direction of the sector.

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Modular data centre to host Europe’s first exascale supercomputer

Dr Crispin Keable, Senior Solutions Architect for HPC, AI, and Quantum, Eviden, explains how a set of some 50 pre-built modules (20 IT containers, 15 power feed containers, 10 logistics containers) will provide a 2,300m2 turnkey data centre for the Julich Supercomputing Centre in Germany. Benefits to the client include flexibility and agility when it comes to required upgrade configurations, delivery time reduced by 50%, costs cut by a factor of three and a much faster installation process when compared to a traditional data centre build.

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Dry type transformers power the digital data centre

Andrea Ghidini, Group Sales Director and Nicholas Manning, Area Sales Manager, both at TMC Transformers, discuss the company’s range of medium and low voltage dry-type transformers and reactors, available in both standard ranges and tailor-made versions. The conversation covers the technology, sustainability and business benefits of the transformers, alongside the company’s major focus on its own sustainability and innovation roadmaps, as well as plans to further raise TMC’s profile during 2024 and beyond.

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Regional focus promises local business-fuelled growth

Adriaan Oosthoek, Chairman of Portus Data Centers, outlines the company’s regional data centre aggregation strategy, with the recent Internet Port Hamburg (IPHH) expansion being the most recent development, before going on to discuss wider industry issues, including sustainability, the potential skills shortage and the impending AI ‘explosion’.

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Talking ‘bout the younger generation!

Xavier Plowright, Senior Analyst – Data Centre Transactions EMEA at JLL, won the Rising Stars Award at last year’s DC Awards. Here he outlines his career to date, shares his thoughts on the data centre industry (the good and the not so good!), with the focus very much on encouraging the younger generation to drive the industry forward - and to enter this year’s Rising Stars Award.

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Edge sustainability - a major opportunity for the telecoms sector

Nathan Blom, Iceotope’s CCO, discusses the recent STL Partners report: Sustainability Insights – Navigating Sustainable Edge Strategies, which outlines the major opportunity that telcos have to both ensure optimised energy-efficient edge infrastructure as well as substantial financial savings. Specialised liquid cooling solutions are particularly suited to the telecoms sector, with Iceotope, working with Intel and HPE, set to launch a major new telco solution at MWC.

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Connectivity optimisation developments keep pace with digital data centre demands

Robert Maher, CTO at Infinera, explains how changes in data centre design will accelerate demand for greater design flexibility and high-speed connectivity options to fit different types of environments, as well as critical operational needs, including reduced power consumption, small footprint, and cost-efficient scalability to meet future capacity demands.

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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’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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Data centre industry adapting well to business and technology challenges

Darren Watkins, Chief Revenue Officer at VIRTUS Data Centres, highlights the trends and topics commanding the attention of the data centre industry – with sustainability, flexibility, scalability, both megascale and edge facilities, connectivity and latency sensitivity and, last but by no means least, AI making for a busy year ahead.

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