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Electricity 4.0 and data centres - the fastest path to net zero?

Steven Brown Schneider Electric’s Global Director - Cloud & Service Provider Segment, discusses the current energy crisis, as well as the ongoing climate change challenge, in terms of how the data centre industry needs to leverage electrification as the key part of a Strategise, Digitise, Decarbonise approach - with the ultimate opportunity of creating climate positive data centres as part of a successful Net Zero strategy.

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Taking modular data centres to the next level with EfficiencyIT

Nick Ewing, Managing Director at EfficiencyIT, explains the thinking behind the company’s launch of the ModularDC range of prefabricated data centre solutions. Fully customisable, highly secure and application specific, the solutions also address the key challenges of supply chain resilience, speed of delivery and sustainability – while the immersive design process harnesses virtual reality (VR) to ensure delivery of truly optimised data centre infrastructure.

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Time for a sustainability revolution?

Max Schulze, Founder of the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance, discusses the activities of the organisation as it works on many initiatives to promote environmental best practice across the data centre and wider IT sectors, optimistic that the scale of the challenge is not beyond the reach of a combination of technology and business innovation.

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Edge computing to take centre stage

Elliott Young, CTO, Dell Technologies UK, discusses edge computing – what is or isn’t happening as of now, how it contributes to companies’ sustainability objectives and, perhaps most importantly, the huge potential it offers almost every business when it comes to optimising the performance of their applications.

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Sustainability – time for a revolution? Part 2

Pankaj Sharma, Schneider Electric's Global Executive Vice President, Secure Power Division, considers the importance of reducing greenhouse gases as a measurable sustainability objective, alongside the need to reconsider some data centre fundamentals, as well as recognising the demands of the digital world.

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Sustainability – time for some standards?

Dominic Ward, CEO of Verne Global, provides some valuable in-depth insight into the sustainability challenges facing the data centre industry, acknowledging that more work needs to be done, not least when it comes to the standardisation of environmental reporting.

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Sustainability – time for a revolution? Part 1

Pankaj Sharma, Schneider Electric's Global Executive Vice President, Secure Power Division, discusses the sustainability gap, with too many organisations talking up their environmental credentials, but failing to implement the necessary actions.

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Regulation and innovation top of the 2023 agenda?

Alex Brew, Regional Director, Northern Europe at Vertiv., shares the company’s predictions for the data centre industry in 2023. Expect energy efficiency-related legislation and innovation - with alternatives to diesel generators and the final ‘arrival’ of liquid cooling on the horizon – alongside the excitement and uncertainty of 5G, edge and the metaverse!

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Digital transformation and energy transition efforts - mind the gap!

Ciarán Forde, Segment Leader, Data Centre and IT, Electrical Sector, EMEA, Eaton, discusses the findings of the company’s recent report: The Intersection of Digital Transformation and the Energy Transition, which highlights an apparent gap between digital transformation and energy transition efforts in four power critical sectors, including the data centre industry. Ciaran highlights the progress the industry has made to date, as well as explaining how a new type of digital toolkit can help companies in their quest for truly sustainable operational optimisation.

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Data centre industry thrives in challenging times

Jim Hart, CEO of BCS, discusses the company’s Summer Report, which finds that the data centre industry continues to expand and innovate as it faces any number of challenges around sustainability, energy supplies and costs, skills shortage and supply chain volatility.

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Investors hold the key to sustainability success

Aoife Foley, IEEE Senior Member and Professor, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, provides valuable insight into a whole range of technology, social and political challenges and opportunities which are shaping the quest for Net Zero.

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Making modular easy

Marc Garner, VP, Schneider Electric UK and Ireland, outlines the features and benefits of the recently launched Easy Modular All-in-One Data Center, before discussing the growing applications for modular data centres – not least the edge computing market.

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Apstra updates show Juniper Neworks’ intent

Christian Gilby, Senior Director of Enterprise Product Marketing, Juniper Networks, talks through the recent updates to the Apstra intent-based networking platform, covering edge, Zero Trust and migration services. He also details a recent customer success story.

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Exchange infrastructures – all change?

Michael James and Terence Chabe, Capital Market Specialists at Colt Technology Services, discuss the implications for data centre infrastructure as some of Europe’s largest financial exchanges address the fallout from Brexit, with geography, latency, security, cloud services, software defined networks and the edge all in the spotlight.

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News

VMware has introduced the next evolution of the company’s flagship VMware Partner Connect program.
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has renewed its trust in Orange Business, laying the critical infrastructure foundation to enable its future digital innovation plans in Europe. Putting employee experience at the heart of its strategy, AB InBev has chosen Orange Business to deliver connectivity and voice services as the backbone for enhanced productivity.
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has successfully used virtual reality (VR) technology for the first time to provide immersive learning experiences for staff in equality, diversity and inclusion training.
F5 2023 State of Application Strategy Report (SOAS): most CIOs to oversee hybrid app architectures and multi-generation apps distributed across hybrid environments for foreseeable future.

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