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Torbjørn Laursen, Inventor of Inergen, discusses the environmental and cost-saving benefits of the Inergen fire extinguishing system, and also explains how Fire Eater’s Inergen System offers several special advantages for data centre owners and operators.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dean Boyle, CEO and Co-Founder of Ekkosense, discusses the importance of AI and VR driven thermal optimisation for live data centre environments – helping organisations to address their sustainability objectives as part of an overall corporate ESG strategy.
Mike Meyer, Managing Director, Portman Partners (Executive Search), provides some fascinating and expert insights as to why the data centre and wider digital infrastructure sectors are facing an imminent skills shortage, suggesting that innovative thinking and actions are required to address the situation before it becomes a significant bottleneck to ongoing digital transformation in both the business and consumer worlds.
Richard Clifford, Director of Solutions at Keysource, discusses ways in which the data centre industry can address its Net Zero obligations with a range of technology and strategy innovations. In particular, he believes that next generation edge, with data centres being constructed and integrated into local communities, offers some significant sustainability benefits, so long as all the stakeholders understand the opportunity.
Mark Yeeles, Vice President of Schneider Electric’s Secure Power division in the UK and Ireland, shares his enthusiasm for his new role as he seeks to bring many years’ experience (including most recently within the company’s Industrial Automation division) to bear on the data centre industry. He believes that the sector has an important, positive role to play in both enabling and implementing digital solutions.
KEVLINX, a new pan-European data centre operator, has appointed industry veteran Eric Boonstra as CEO. The firm, which recently secured investment from Macquarie Capital alongside PMV and its EPICo² fund, is currently constructing a highly scalable AI-ready 32 MW facility with a future-proof flexible design in Brussels, Belgium which is suitable for retail, wholesale and hyperscale customers.
In business for nearly 30 years, MR Datentechnik is a leading German provider of IT solutions and managed services. To launch a new S3-compatible storage service, the company implemented Quantum ActiveScale object storage along with Veeam Backup & Replication. By using ActiveScale, the company can offer a resilient, highly scalable service that has the flexibility to support a wide range of S3-enabled apps and workflows.