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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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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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Digital technologies help to address the skills shortage

Mark Fenton, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Cadence, explains the ways in which digital twins, augmented and virtual reality and AI can help the data centre industry address the impending skills shortage as well as providing many operational benefits.

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AI looms large over industry’s sustainability roadmap

Tate Cantrell, Chief Technology Officer at Verne Global, provides some brilliant insights into the data centre industry’s sustainability progress to date and the technology and strategic innovations which will make a difference into the future – warning that the sheer scale of the impending AI explosion could just cause a disruptive re-think of many stakeholders’ Net Zero plans.

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Delivering a digital and sustainable future

Séamus Dunne, Managing Director, Digital Realty in UK & Ireland, discusses some of the challenges facing the data centre industry in 2024 and beyond. He provides some great insights as to how the industry will continue to adapt and innovate to address both the sustainability imperative and the impending AI explosion.

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Digital demands increased investment in data centre infrastructure

Mark Pestridge, Executive Vice President & General Manager at Telehouse Europe, discusses the digital infrastructure connectivity challenges and requirements of UK IT decision makers, with particular reference to cyber threats, IoT and the edge, the skills shortage – all in a world where the data deluge shows no signs of stopping. Apologies that the high quality of the content is not always matched by high quality audio, but this video provides some great data centre insights, so do not be deterred!

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Carbon intensity focus changes the sustainability conversation

Danny Quinn, MD of DataVita, explains how the company, working with Posetiv, examined the carbon intensity of Europe’s major data centre markets, highlighting how this carbon intensity could be massively reduced by moving data centres to greener energy locations.

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DCS talks to David Watkins, Solutions Director at VIRTUS Data Centres

Continuing our series of interviews with leading industry experts, David Watkins, from VIRTUS Data Centres, discusses some of the many challenges and opportunities facing his own organisation and the wider data centre industry over the coming months and years, with sustainability the major focus.

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Stellium adds OCP Ready certification

Ed Bissell, Sales Director, Stellium Data Centres, discusses the company’s recent OCP Ready Certification, bringing it many new opportunities to work with the Open Compute Project Foundation community. He explains what this means in terms of the data centre design itself, building on Stellium’s major focus on providing a highly connected, sustainable environment for customers.

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VIRTUS develops landmark green campus in Berlin Brandenburg region

Christina Mertens, Vice President of Business Development, EMEA, and Darren Watkins, Managing Director, both at VIRTUS Data Centres, discuss the company’s planned 300MW Wustermark Data Centre Campus - poised to become one of Germany's and Europe’s largest scale green data centre campuses and described as a ‘new benchmark for data centre capacity for Cloud and AI in Europe’.

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Data centres – time for a technology revolution?

Max Schulze, Founder of the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance, shares his usual fascinating and thought-provoking insights, with the focus in this interview on the many ways in which data centres need to work towards sustainability objectives on the path to Net Zero. While progress is being made, Max believes that, all too often, the climate continues to play second fiddle to commercial concerns.

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Equinix reports sustainability successes

Gary Aitkenhead, Senior Vice President, EMEA IBX Operations at Equinix, discusses the company’s recently published 2022 Annual Sustainability Report, highlighting the near 100 percent use of renewable energy, optimising operating temperatures per ASHRAE’s updated recommendations, as well the technology innovations being trialled and/or implemented at various data centre locations across the world.

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AI adds to sustainability pressures on the data centre

Gisli Kr., Chief Sales Officer at AtNorth. discusses the carbon footprint AI explosion, suggesting that finding the right sustainable data centre to host these AI applications can help contribute to the circular economy. He also provides updates on the company’s third Icelandic data centre, some new hires, and record revenue levels – which in part can be contributed to atNorth’s strong sustainability credentials.

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Building a sustainable digital economy - setting the scene

Max Schulze, Founder of the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance, explains why the organisation is transforming into a global think tank, before discussing the current digital transformation landscape – the good, the bad and the ugly! As ever, he shares some great insights as to what needs to happen to ensure that sustainability is front and centre of the digital world.

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Expert Opinion Series - Episode 1 - DCS Talks to Centiel

In the first of a series of interviews with leading industry experts, David Bond, from our series sponsor company, Centiel, shares valuable thoughts on and insights into current data centre industry challenges and opportunities – with sustainability and skills very much the focus. He also reveals what keeps him busy away from the workplace.

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