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Connectivity crucial to beat the bottlenecks

Nicholas Cole, Enterprise and Data Centre Solutions Manager at EXFO, discusses the many challenges facing the data centre at the present time - more and more data, the impending AI explosion, ongoing cloud migrations, the edge and sustainability – which are placing ever more demands on the facilities themselves and, as importantly, the connectivity infrastructure both within and outside these buildings.

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Cyber resilience and sustainability drive the need for data centre innovation

Rajkumar Vijayarangakann, Lead, Network Design & DevOps, ManageEngine, discusses the growing importance of cyber resilience as a focus for the data centre, alongside the ongoing sustainability imperative. Against such a demanding and rapidly evolving background, Rajkumar believes that comprehensive, well developed and implemented ongoing data centre optimisation strategies have never been so important.

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Where there’s a way, there’s a will

Paolo Perani, Sustainability Manager for ABB Electrification Distribution Solutions, discusses electrification, decarbonisation and broader sustainability topics, with plenty of examples of how the company is working with its supply chain and customers, as well as internally, to ensure that the journey to NetZero is energised by the many digital and sustainable technology solutions being continuously developed by ABB.

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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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Hybrid cooling a future industry highlight

Gordon Johnson, Senior CFD Manager at Subzero Engineering, discusses the ways in which the industry is moving towards its sustainability objectives, with liquid cooling predicted to have an increasingly important role to play as part of a likely future hybrid cooling strategy.

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Time for some more meaningful metrics?

Jad Jebara, President and CEO of Hyperview, provides some brilliant insights as to how the data centre industry, prompted by the requirement for meaningful environmental reporting, can work towards a truly sustainable future by focusing on the metrics ‘that matter’.

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Physical security – key to an integrated data centre security policy

Nick Smith, Business Development Manager at Genetec, discusses the main data centre physical security challenges for the industry, sharing some valuable insights as to how best to deal with the insider threat and the key questions end users should be asking their data centre operators when it comes to keeping their IT assets safe.

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Is the data centre industry ready for AI?

Steven Carlini, VP for Innovation and Data Centre at Schneider Electric, explains how the massive, continuing AI explosion is threatening to re-write the rules when it comes to data centre design and operation. The company recently published a Blueprint for AI data centres, which explores pioneering approaches to data centre design, and Steve shares the four key AI attributes and trends that will underpin physical infrastructure requirements in the era of machine learning.

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Systems engineering approach offers electrical infrastructure optimisation

Neil Potter, Business Development Manager for Electrical Systems and Solutions, Eaton, discusses the problems data centre owners and operators have when it comes to optimising the design, implementation, operation and retirement of their electrical infrastructure; and goes on to explain how the company’s recently launched xIntegra solution addresses these challenges by providing an holistic, integrated systems engineering approach to electrical systems design, hardware, software, services and the value chain lifecycle.

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Reinventing DCIM

Jad Jebara, President and CEO of Hyperview, discusses the hybrid infrastructure landscape in which all companies are working out how best to optimise the performance of their applications and, importantly, the infrastructure on which they run. He explains how Hyperview has ‘reinvented’ DCIM to provide a new level of insights and actions to those responsible for operating and managing data centre and wider IT enterprise infrastructure assets – whatever the mix of on-prem, colo, cloud and edge.

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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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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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DCS talks to NKA about the innovative @RACK MDDS

Sergio Afonso, Sales Director at NKA Tech, discusses the innovative @RACK Mobile Data Destruction System - which recently won the DCS Awards’ Data Centre ICT Security Innovation Award - explaining the many advantages it offers over the existing alternatives. He also shares some exciting future plans in terms of expanding both the @RACK portfolio and market coverage.

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Time for a data centre sustainability revolution

James Rix, Project Director, Global Lead for Data Center & Mission Critical CoP, Arcadis Consulting (UK) Ltd, provides a detailed, nuanced and expert analysis of the opportunities and challenges facing the data centre industry when it comes to the supply chain, skills and, crucially, sustainability. He argues that it is time for the industry to abandon its ‘softly, softly’ environmental evolution in favour of a strategic thinking and technology revolution.

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