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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.
Chris Coward, Director of Project Management and heading up the BCS Apprenticeship Programme and Ben Chappell, BCS Assistant Consultant and apprentice, discuss the company’s Apprenticeship Programme in terms of the benefits it delivers for both the business and the participants.
Macquarie Capital as lead investor and Flemish investment company PMV and infrastructure fund EPICo² , have become majority investors into KevlinX, a pan-European data centre platform that has now commenced construction of its first data centre in Brussels, Belgium.