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Park Place Technologies expands its data centre expertise

Park Place Technologies has been on quite some journey, as the company has grown from its core Third Party Maintenance focus to today’s data centre network optimisation specialist organisation. Ian Shearer, Managing Director, APAC & EMEA, Park Place Technologies, discusses recent developments at the company, which include several acquisitions, technical solution and professional services innovations.

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Let’s get physical

Nick Smith, Business Development Manager at Genetec, discusses the changing role of physical security as it impacts IT infrastructure, identifying some key trends. He also details the company’s recent Streamvault Edge launch and highlights the particular physical security challenges faced by the data centre sector.

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What’s next for networks?

Ken Hall, Data Center Solutions Architect at Commscope, provides some fascinating insights into the world of networks and connectivity, with wireless infrastructure, fueled in part by the advent of 5G, predicted to grow in importance as end users demand a secure, ‘seamless’ work experience, no matter where, when or how.

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Sustainability, security and success stories - Keysource

Richard Clifford, Head of Innovation at Keysource, talks through some of the company’s recent customer success stories, its new cybersecurity focus, and goes on to provide some great insights into the data centre sustainability debate – with Scope 3 emissions and supply chain collaboration a major focus, alongside hybrid cooling and the edge. Richard also suggests that it might be time to move beyond the PUE metric as a measure of data centre energy efficiency.

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DIAL for data centre expertise

Mike West, CEO of Digital Infrastructure Advisors Ltd (DIAL), outlines the company’s comprehensive data centre service – business advice, legal services, technical and design – alongside what he believes is an overdue, major focus on cybersecurity. In simple terms, Mike thinks that there needs to be more industry-wide understanding and planning around ‘what happens if a data centre goes down thanks to a cyber attack’.

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Net Zero – the data centre ‘dilemma’

Rob Mather, Sales Director at Power Control Ltd (PCL), offers some thoughts on the role that UPS systems have to play in helping the data centre industry reduce its carbon footprint, as well as on wider sustainability issues such as renewables, waste heat re-use, micro grids and the supply chain.

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Up close with Kohler

Data center power systems supplier Kohler has launched its range of walk-in Power Optimised Design Solutions (PODS) in response to the increased market demand for high-power gensets. Richard Russet, Managing Director, Kohler, gives an in-depth update on the company, including the launch, and then talks to DCS about some of the challenges facing the data centre industry right now.

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PODS launch addresses high-powered demand

Data center power systems supplier Kohler has launched its range of walk-in Power Optimised Design Solutions (PODS) in response to the increased market demand for high-power gensets. Richard Russet, Managing Director, Kohler, talks through the launch, as well as some of the challenges facing the data centre industry right now.

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A flexible edge - central to a successful data centre strategy

DCS talks with Sam Prudhomme, Subzero Engineering’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, discussing the problems of planning for edge applications without any certainty as to when, where and how they will need to be delivered by means of an organisation’s data centre infrastructure. Speed of construction, flexibility, agility and scalability are key, which is why Subzero Engineering has taken a slightly different approach when it comes to designing the Essential Micro Data Centre.

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Data centre industry in good health, ready for sustainability, supply chain and skills challenges

DCS talks with Jim Hart, CEO of Business Critical Solutions (BCS). The company’s summer report paints an optimistic picture for the data centre sector in terms of continuing growth; but acknowledges that the industry faces some significant disruption as it seeks to address the problems posed by climate change, the global supply chain and a skills shortage.

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How the edge is taking the centre stage

DCS talks with Alex Pope, Vertiv’s Vice President of Integrated Rack Solutions (EMEA), about the rapidly developing demand for edge IT infrastructure to meet a variety of customer expectations; and about the company’s recently launched VRC-S micro data centre, designed to provide the flexibility and scalability required by these edge applications.

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Data Centre Alliance Commissioning Special Interest Group Spotlight

DCS talks with Paul Smethurst, Chair and Ian Bitterlin, Specialist Advisor, both of the DCA’s Commissioning SIG, to find out more about the work the group is doing to educate the industry when it comes to the many, varied complexities of data centre testing and commissioning.

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DCA Anti-contamination, Filtration and Cleaning Special Interest Group

DCS talks to the SIG Chair, Gary Hall, about the work the group has achieved to date – including the publication of the Anti-Contamination Guide and Risk Register – and looks at future plans for a project focusing on the link between a clean data centre and an energy efficient one, as well as Gary’s suggestion that data centres will eventually be regulated in much the same way as clean rooms are now.

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Data Centre Alliance Sustainability Special Interest Group Spotlight

DCS talks with Astrid Wynne, Chair of the DCA’s Sustainability SIG, to find out more about the work the group is doing to educate the industry on sustainability issues such as materials usage, energy at the point of use, renewable energy and energy efficiency and innovation more widely, the circular economy and Scope 3 emissions.

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Driving the data centre industry agenda

DCS talks to Steve Hone, Co-Founder and CEO of the Data Centre Alliance (DCA), finding out more about the work it does to promote and shape the industry via its strong membership base.

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BT’s Digital unit is working to modernise the Group’s service management with the delivery of a unified service management platform, ServiceNow.
Aqua installs bespoke closed-loop air conditioning system with integrated free cooling at Custodian’s ‘DA2’ site.
Zerto, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, commissioned IDC to conduct a major ransomware and disaster preparedness survey, which revealed that 79% of respondents have activated a disaster recovery (DR) response within the past 12 months. Nearly two thirds (61%) of these incidents were triggered by ransomware or other malware with 60% of organisations reporting they had experienced unrecoverable data during that same time—substantially more than the 43% response rate to the same question a year ago.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, a time to encourage deeper conversations and to explore initiatives that can support employees. The stigma surrounding mental health has been lessened thanks to open discussions, however, there is still progress to be made. Furthermore, these discussions need to be taking place in the professional spheres as according to a 2022 report, a staggering 61% of employees have never sought support for their mental health - despite one in five reporting that poor mental health impacts their productivity. We spoke to nine different technology leaders about their best advice and strategies going forward on how to prioritise wellbeing among employees and employers alike.

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