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Gregory Lebourg, Global Environment Director at OVHCloud, emphasises the company’s environmental leadership position as he explains its newly developed hybrid immersion cooling technology and also shares details of the soon to be released carbon calculator. Gregory believes that data centre operators and cloud providers who cannot demonstrate a comprehensive commitment to sustainability face a challenging future.
Yuval Bachar, Founder and CEO of ECL, outlines the why, when and how of what he believes is the world’s first modular, sustainable, off-grid data centre that uses green hydrogen as its primary power source. ECL plans to deliver data centres in 1MW blocks, with 99.9999% uptime.
Danel Turk, Solution Portfolio Manager, Data Centers at ABB, explains the company’s sustainability five-step strategy, before going on to discuss technology innovations, such as microgrids, battery energy storage, fuel cells and variable speed drives, which can all make a positive contribution to improving and optimising data centre environmental performance.
Tim Loake, VP, Infrastructure Solutions Group, UK at Dell Technologies, discusses the many ways in which the data centre industry can improve its sustainability credentials. The conversation includes some great insights into technology innovations around, liquid cooling, renewables automation and IT hardware, as well as the importance of ensuring end users are optimising the use of their existing digital infrastructure.
Spencer Pitts, Digital Workspace Chief Technologist, VMware, discusses the company’s research on the post-pandemic and hybrid workplace, before sharing some valuable insights as to how a digital first approach, that prioritises the digital employee experience, can bring major benefits to any organisation, so long as the appropriate combination of company culture and technology solutions is in embraced.
Chris Pennington, Director of Energy & Sustainability at Iron Mountain, shares some fascinating insights on the sustainability challenges facing the data centre industry, alongside detailing many of the ways in which the sector is already making significant progress to reduce its carbon footprint.
Lorraine Wilkinson, Vice President, UK, Equinix, discusses female representation in the technology industry and shares how technology companies can better support their female employees and encourage more women to enter the industry.
Steven Brown Schneider Electric’s Global Director - Cloud & Service Provider Segment, discusses the current energy crisis, as well as the ongoing climate change challenge, in terms of how the data centre industry needs to leverage electrification as the key part of a Strategise, Digitise, Decarbonise approach - with the ultimate opportunity of creating climate positive data centres as part of a successful Net Zero strategy.
Nick Ewing, Managing Director at EfficiencyIT, explains the thinking behind the company’s launch of the ModularDC range of prefabricated data centre solutions. Fully customisable, highly secure and application specific, the solutions also address the key challenges of supply chain resilience, speed of delivery and sustainability – while the immersive design process harnesses virtual reality (VR) to ensure delivery of truly optimised data centre infrastructure.
Gerard Thibault, CTO at Kao Data, reflects on his electrical engineering career, with 40+ years spent in the data centre sector. He provides both valuable and fascinating insights into how the data centre industry has, and has not, changed over time and remains optimistic that today’s twin objectives of digitalisation and sustainability will remain compatible.
Max Schulze, CEO and Founder of the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance, discusses the importance of local and regional clouds as an alternative approach to the hyperscale model, suggesting that, in a world apparently obsessed with issues such as data sovereignty, time would be better spent understanding the importance of infrastructure ‘independence’.
Max Schulze, Founder of the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance, discusses the activities of the organisation as it works on many initiatives to promote environmental best practice across the data centre and wider IT sectors, optimistic that the scale of the challenge is not beyond the reach of a combination of technology and business innovation.
Coromatic, part of the E.ON group and the leading provider of robust critical infrastructure solutions to secure continuous power supply and data communication, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the leading colocation data center provider, Green Mountain. The two companies intend to design and build new sustainable data centers in the Nordic market.
According to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, 3Q 2023 marks the fifth sequential quarter of double-digit year-over-year (Y/Y) growth for the Data Center Physical Infrastructure (DCPI) market, that has historically grown at mid-single digit rates for the past decade.