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Regional focus promises local business-fuelled growth

Adriaan Oosthoek, Chairman of Portus Data Centers, outlines the company’s regional data centre aggregation strategy, with the recent Internet Port Hamburg (IPHH) expansion being the most recent development, before going on to discuss wider industry issues, including sustainability, the potential skills shortage and the impending AI ‘explosion’.

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Talking ‘bout the younger generation!

Xavier Plowright, Senior Analyst – Data Centre Transactions EMEA at JLL, won the Rising Stars Award at last year’s DC Awards. Here he outlines his career to date, shares his thoughts on the data centre industry (the good and the not so good!), with the focus very much on encouraging the younger generation to drive the industry forward - and to enter this year’s Rising Stars Award.

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Women in IT – talking both equality and AI

Dr Angie Ma, Co-Founder of Faculty, talks about her experience as a female founder in a male-dominated industry, sharing some brilliant insights into ways in which organisations can develop and maintain a truly diverse and inclusive workplace. Having launched her AI-focused business back in 2014, Angie also has plenty of experience to share when it comes to the IT industry’s number one topic right now!

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A new inflection point for the storage industry

BS Teh, Seagate’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, discusses the new Mozaic 3+ hard drive platform, which incorporates HAMR technology, and heralds areal densities of 3TB+ per platter, with a roadmap to 4 and 5TB+ per platter. He outlines the importance of key platform components such as the Plasmonic Writer, the Gen 7 Spintronic Reader and the 12nm Integrated Controller.

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Edge sustainability - a major opportunity for the telecoms sector

Nathan Blom, Iceotope’s CCO, discusses the recent STL Partners report: Sustainability Insights – Navigating Sustainable Edge Strategies, which outlines the major opportunity that telcos have to both ensure optimised energy-efficient edge infrastructure as well as substantial financial savings. Specialised liquid cooling solutions are particularly suited to the telecoms sector, with Iceotope, working with Intel and HPE, set to launch a major new telco solution at MWC.

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Connectivity optimisation developments keep pace with digital data centre demands

Robert Maher, CTO at Infinera, explains how changes in data centre design will accelerate demand for greater design flexibility and high-speed connectivity options to fit different types of environments, as well as critical operational needs, including reduced power consumption, small footprint, and cost-efficient scalability to meet future capacity demands.

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How best to address AI fears?

Audra Streetman, Security Strategist at Splunk SURGe, Splunk's security research team, discusses how, in today's digital landscape, misinformation and manipulated content have eroded societal trust to a critical point. Audra outlines the strategies necessary to foster a future where AI is trusted to enhance society rather than cause challenges.

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Digital adoption - a double-edged opportunity?

Ofir Bloch, Vice President of Strategic Positioning at WalkMe, discusses the company’s recent report: The State of Digital Adoption 2024, which finds that, while digital adoption is a rising priority for enterprises, a lack of best practice is still costing many organisations dearly. Ofir warns of the digital adoption ‘pitfalls’, but also outlines the significant rewards of HyperProductivity for those who implement digital adoption best practices successfully.

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Encouraging open conversations critical for equality and inclusivity
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Nisha Dutt, CEO of telecom AI company Subex, discusses her successful career to date, sharing many valuable insights into the ways in which equality, inclusivity and removing bias still need to be addressed in the workplace – and with plenty of ideas as to how this can best be achieved.

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SME AI optimism tempered by security concerns

Greg Keller, Co-Founder and CTO of JumpCloud, discusses the findings of the company’s latest report focusing on the SME IT landscape. AI is on the horizon, but there’s some nervousness over how to best manage this opportunity. Security remains the number one SME concern, alongside budgetary and people constraints. Greg explains how SMEs are placing increasing trust in MSPs to help navigate these challenges and opportunities, alongside some advice as to how organisations can help themselves. View the State of IT 2024 Report here: https://jumpcloud.com/resources/q1-2024-it-trends-for-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises-smes

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PAM platform promises positive disruption in the channel

Marcia Dempster, Vice President of Channels Americas and Global MSP at Keeper Security, discusses the company’s Privileged Access Management (PAM) platform, highlighting the ways in which it brings best of breed identity and access management technologies to trusted MSPs and their customers at a time when optimised cybersecurity solutions have never been so important for end users.

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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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