Latest Data Centre Opinions

How colocation is driving anytime, anywhere working

The past few months have been challenging for businesses around the globe, as each industry was required to make significant changes to their daily operations very quickly. And, although some workers have started going back to the office, remote work is here to stay for the foreseeable future as most offices will be operating at reduced capacity.

Explaining the new family of ISO Data Centre Standards

For many years we have been relying on Telecommunications Cabling Standards to guide us in data centre design. Some of these such as EN 50173-5 Information technology – Generic cabling systems – Part 5: Data centres make no mention of power and cooling systems, and others such as TIA942 Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers discuss power and cooling infrastructure but mainly in the appendices which are “Informative Only” and not actually part of the requirements of the standard.

Unsung Heroes of the Data Centre Part 1: Chris Ryan, Fordway

Techerati and Data Centre World are giving shout-outs to data centre professionals who have been nominated by their colleagues for their exceptional efforts in recent weeks. This week, Richard Blanford, CEO at Fordway, nominates Chris Ryan, the company’s senior infrastructure lead. I’d like to nominate Chris Ryan, Senior Infrastructure Lead at Fordway as an unsung… Read More

How Adaptive Redundant Power changes the power game for data centres

The top five data centre REITs have a combined market cap approaching $100bn, while aggregated revenues for the top ten biggest DC operators are around $18bn.

Hoya Capital defines wholesale data centres as serving larger customers, with long leases of 5-15 years. It says, “data centre REITs own roughly 30 percent of investment-grade data centre facilities in the US and command roughly a fifth of data centre capacity globally.”

Companies and REITs have typically built their reputations for uptime and security by providing critical infrastructure at scale through Tier 3+ facilities, usually with 2N or N+1 UPS and N+1 or 2 back-up generators and dual-path infrastructure as standard. In power terms, redundancy was king.

Seeing through the cloud: looking beyond headline stats

When it comes to informed opinion, the IT world is blessed (some would say cursed) with a surfeit of riches. Go looking for the latest trends in any area of technology and you’ll find hundreds, if not thousands, of surveys on everything from digital transformation, data analytics and AI to more mundane issues such as the best laptops and mobiles to buy.

In fact there’s so much choice that decision makers rarely have time to look past the attention grabbing stats, clearly aimed at making these reports stand out from the crowd. Which is a real shame as, all too often, there’s a lot of other useful data tucked away behind the headline-grabbing numbers; data that can be of real practical value when it comes to deciding what trends, if any, to follow.

Reducing AIOps adoption barriers

Artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps) has several use cases that IT operations managers can’t deny: reduce alert noise with statistically significant outcomes (up to 80 percent), correlate alerts and events to uncover the critical business issues immediately, analyse data across environments to find root causes, and resolve routine issues (like patching) automatically. Gartner predicts that large enterprise use of AIOps tools to monitor applications and infrastructure will rise from 5 percent in 2018 to 30 percent in 2023.

Taking a different approach to Data Centre cables

Global tech giants are building hyperscale data centres around the world but each site will have its own unique challenges. Data centre cables have to meet the demands of the application, match the geographic and environmental particulars, and comply with relevant regulations and legislations of the location country.

In practice, that means when considering medium voltage cables for distributing power from the grid or substation to transformers you size the cable accordingly. You select whether or not the cable is armoured. You also identify whether cables will be run externally, direct buried, or placed in cable ducts; considering whether additional water-blocking layers are required and confirming properties such as UV resistance where needed. That’s before you consider the raft of regulations to comply with.

Q&A: What’s new and what’s next in cabling and smart city infrastructure

Stuart McKay is business development manager, Enterprise Technologies, Panduit EMEA, a world leader in infrastructure products and services for data networks and electrical power applications. We asked McKay to give his thoughts on some of the most important and interesting infrastructure questions facing the industry right now. Under the microscope are Smart Cities – namely, the winners, losers and initiatives that show the most promise. McKay also dives deep into connectivity and the cabling implications for WiFi 6, the next-generation wireless standard tipped to improve performance in congested areas.

Key considerations before choosing a colocation data centre

Sean Hilliar, Co-Founder and Data Centre Manager, IP House, lists 15 tips to help you make the correct choice of colo Today, many businesses choose to host their critical applications within resilient colocation data centres, offering a cost-optimised solution that dramatically simplifies the complexities of owning and operating on-premise IT. However, a key issue that… Read More

Data centre operators are going to have to keep their cool this summer

One of the less talked about features of the UK in lockdown is the uncharacteristically warm weather we have “enjoyed” over the past few months. Saving a few gusts of wind here and there, London has been basking in a seemingly never ending sunny spell and the UK itself has just recorded the driest May since 1896.

It looks like we’re heading for another sweltering summer here in Britain, which let’s be honest, would be extremely well-timed as far as the nation’s citizens are concerned if stay-at-home restrictions continue to ease. 

But what of the UK’s data centre operators? We asked data centre power and cooling experts, whether given a range of Covid-19 related pressures, the prospect of summer heat-wave is leaving them unphased, or hot under the collar.

Research focus: ETH Zurich/University of Bologna and pAElla-powered data centres

ETH Zurich in Switzerland is one of the most highly regarded science and technology universities, one known for its cutting-edge research and innovation.

When it come to data centres, the pinnacle of innovation right now centres on how data analytics, sensors and AI can be used to improve power and performance.

Over the last few years, a group of researchers from both ETH Zurich and the University of Bologna has been at the forefront of advanced data centre monitoring research.

DCIM for Edge site management – Top tips

The lack of staff or “lights out” nature of many local IT and mobile  edge computing (MEC) sites makes operations & maintenance of the supporting IT infrastructure a challenge. This struggle worsens as the number of sites increase. How do you maintain IT resiliency in a cost effective way under these conditions? It is not practical… Read More