Digital transformation has reached a turning point. Businesses have now added so many new applications and need so much data consistently available, that accessing sufficient capacity in data centers is becoming a challenge.
Concerns around recent global events and the subsequent inflationary pressure on power, materials and labour costs are not, as yet, adversely affecting growth in the data centre sector which continues to remain buoyant. This is according to the latest independent industry survey, which captures the views of over 3000 senior datacentre professionals across Europe, including owners, operators, developers, consultants and end users.
Keysource, the critical environment and datacentre specialist, is working with several clients to ensure that any of this winter’s threatened rolling blackouts do not affect vital services. It comes as it is revealed that during cold spells, across Europe, the UK government has crisis plans for a series of rolling three-hour power cuts, with regions of the UK taking it in turn to go dark. This is due to compounding issues around gas availability, a creaking aging grid, and the reliance on imported energy (i.e. Nuclear from France).
Equinix has revealed its commitment to reducing its overall power use by increasing operating temperature ranges within its data centres – the first such commitment by an operator of colocation data centres.
Almost eight in ten (79%) IT decision makers state that the energy crisis has created concern for their future sustainability strategy, according to the latest research commissioned by Telehouse International Corporation of Europe. As a result of the currently turbulent geopolitical and economic climate, 86% of IT decision makers have already altered their current business plans to minimise the impact on operational costs and ensure profitability.
Under the theme "Fairness, Trust, Growth, and Win-Win", Huawei Data Center Facility Global Ecosystem Policy and Product Launch Event was held on November 11 at Huawei's Sanyapo Park in China. During the event, new partner policies and product innovations, including FusionModule2000 6.0, a small/medium-sized modular data center solution, and Small SmartLi UPS, were introduced to partners from across the world. This event demonstrated Huawei's commitment to building a fair and strong partner ecosystem based on mutual trust for shared success.
Marc Garner, VP of Schneider Electric's Secure Power Division and Major Pursuits team in the UK and Ireland, covers Electricity 4.0, eConversion technology and the Schneider Electric Research Institute’s work, as part of a wide-ranging data centre sustainability discussion. Marc believes that a new way of thinking, and radical solutions, are the only way to meet Net Zero ambitions.
Interview with Frankie Malpass, Product Lead at rent-tech company Goodlord.
Women working in the IT industry share their experiences – covering the opportunities they have had, the challenges they have had to overcome during their careers to date, and offering plenty of constructive thoughts and observations as to what improvements still need to be made when it comes to improving diversity within the workplace.
Andrew Slater, Practice Director - Cloud, at Node4, discusses the company’s recent Future of Hybrid Cloud report, which finds that the majority of end users are beginning to understand which workloads belong in the public cloud and which don’t. Alongside the development of this ‘traditional’ hybrid approach, Andy highlights the emergence of a new hybrid cloud model, with public cloud provider software being introduced into end users’ own IT environments.
Steve Donovan, atNorth’s recently appointed Chief Development Officer, is looking forward to his new role in growing the company’s data centre footprint and profile across the Nordics and, in time, beyond. He believes that atNorth is ideally placed to meet the ever-increasing demand for sustainability within the data centre industry.