Data Centre Infrastructure

  • A second European data centre provides faster access to Google data centre

    Google has revealed it has built its second European data centre for the cloud computing services it rents to third parties. This latest facility is in London and after the company's Brussels centre promises to provide faster access times to nearby clients. In announcing the London centre, Google also disclosed plans to open facilities in Finland, the Netherlands and Frankfurt.

  • Achieving data centre-type UPS protection for mid-sized server rooms

    While data centres and other large-scale applications unequivocally require UPS power protection, the same is also true for smaller applications such as mid-sized server rooms, communications centres or industrial control rooms. The scale of their ICT activities may be reduced, but the consequences of a disruption could be just as severe for the users involved. Alan Luscombe discusses how to bring data centre-type UPS protection to server rooms and other smaller ICT installations.

  • Assuring continuous availability for emergency services

    More people live in New South Wales than any other part of Australia, which leaves the state’s ambulance service with a very big job. In fact, the Ambulance Service of New South Wales (Ambulance) is the third largest in the world and responds to a request for assistance about every 28 seconds. That’s more than 1,133,000 emergency and non-emergency calls.

  • Cost and benefit analysis shows importance of micro data centre deployments

    Micro data centres allow small data centre facilities to be deployed rapidly and cost effectively in existing building space, according to Victor Avelar, director and senior research analyst at Schneider Electric’s Data Center Science Center.

  • Customer briefing centre opens in Schwalbach, Germany

    Data centre infrastructure specialist Panduit EMEA has opened a customer briefing centre in Schwalbach, Germany, which provides 100 square metres of server room infrastructure technology and conference areas. The facility has been designed to showcase the latest developments in the company’s data centre and industrial automation infrastructure solutions.

  • Cutting the complexity of the digital world

    Hyper simplification: The Art of simplifying complexity for a Google-Like data centre experience. Arun Shenoy, vice president IT & DC Business, Schneider Electric UK explains

  • Data centres will be the backbone of leading economies

    From server rooms that power SMEs, to server farms that host in the cloud, the data centres that support our corporations and public services are the backbone of the modern economy.  Big Data and the IoT are driving data centre expansion and data being created at an unsurpassed rate. Big data is big business.

  • Enhanced energy-efficiency with Power over Ethernet

    Regulators and other stakeholders are calling for data centres to use energy in the most efficient way. Power over Ethernet (PoE), which makes it possible to provide current to Ethernet devices using data cables already in place, can contribute to greater energy efficiency. It may even help structurally lower DC power consumption. However, several factors must be taken into consideration. Dr Thomas Wellinger, market manager data centres, R&M, explains

  • Global visibility from your mobile phone

    Schneider Electric has released EcoStruxure IT, the first Data Centre Management as a Service architecture. The package revolutionises data centre information management (DCIM) by delivering a cloud-based architecture purpose-built for hybrid IT and data centre environments, it is claimed.

  • Industry needs model driven operations to remain competitive

    The emergence of Big Software – a complex assembly of many software components sourced from different vendors, running on multiple distributed machines, providing to its user the impression of a single system – has raised the importance of operations in a software, and in particular, a hybrid cloud world. Stefan Johansson, global software alliances director at Canonical, explains.

  • KAO Data Centre to be managed using DCIM suite

    The board of KAO Data Campus has standardises on StruxureWare for Data Centers suite at one of London’s largest data centre developments. The new system will integrate PMS, EMS and BMS, together with Asset Management and operations management deciding factors.

  • Lightly managed switch addresses meet networking needs

    A new industrial network switch from Rockwell Automation is said to close the gap between unmanaged and managed switches. Manufacturers that use unmanaged network switches but struggle with downtime or security concerns now have an alternative to using managed switches.

  • Modular system delivers future-proof connections

    Connector specialist Weidmüller has designed a system consisting of modules, module frames and data inserts, available in four module sizes to allow for individual plug solutions that save a huge amount of space. The new RockStar system is offered as a range of heavy-duty connectors from a single source that fit together to meet a wide range of requirements, the company says.

  • Next generation multimode fibres needed for faster ethernet speeds

    Historically, multimode fibre (MMF) optical channel links utilised light emitting diode (LED) transceivers for data communications up to 640 Mb/s and distances up to 2 km. Early MMF types included OM1 and OM2 as specified in IEC/ISO 11801 generic cabling standards. Dr. Rick Pimpinella, Panduit Fellow, researcher in multimode and single-mode optical fibre technology looks at future options. 

  • Organise your health and safety paperwork

    A concise risk assessment and method statement e-service has been released by CHAS, as part of an ECA/CHAS partnership that aims to support effective health and safety management in contracting and other organisations. The new service follows extensive consultation and field testing with hundreds of contracting companies and clients, according to an ECA statement.

  • Plans to build the world's largest data centre made public

    The facility is planned for the Norwegian town of Ballangen, which is located inside the Arctic Circle. The firm behind the project, Kolos, says the chilled air and abundant hydropower available locally would help it keep its energy costs down. Kolos says it is 'changing the paradigm in data centre infrastructure, moving away from dense high-cost, fossil fuel-driven areas, to an area abundant in clean, renewable energy'.

  • Power switches on at £200 million data centre

    One of UK’s largest data centre developments has been switched on and is on target for practical completion in December, it has been announced. The KAO Data Campus in Harlow, a £200m science and technology data centre development at the heart of the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor, has announced the full start up of its data centre campus nearly two months ahead of schedule.

  • Real time ethernet for industrial applications

    Harting has added EtherCAT connectivity to its Modular Industrial Computing Architecture (MICA) system, which is anopen source platform for industrial applications.

  • Reducing risk for data centre operation

    Data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) software from Stulz Digitronic has been written to monitor and optimise data centres, helps reduce operating expenditure and maximise performance.

  • Security outweighs cost in future colocation considerations

    As the demand for colocation data centres continues to grow, the role of a colocation provider has never been more important. According to a newly commissioned 451 Research global study, commissioned by Schneider Electric, 64% of customers thought that colocation will play a role in their data centre strategy during the next two to three years.

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