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.

  • Colocation company plans Dockland's upgrade

    Reigate-based Comtec has won a contract to provide start-up colocation company IP House with a critical data centre upgrade at its new London Docklands premises.

  • Consider moving key IT assets to the edge of the network

    Centralised data centres are a familiar concept today with most organisations buying into the idea that cloud computing, virtualisation and specialist expertise can combine to deliver resilient, scalable and cost-effective IT services from large remote data facilities. 

  • 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.

  • Electrical transformers get smart

    A monitoring and diagnostic tool can help operators keep tabs on their aging transformers and optimise their maintenance costs, ABB claims. The company's recently launched transformer intelligence product is a new generation of sensor and diagnostics technology designed to monitor and manage the electrical transformers that are essential to power transmission and distribution networks. 

  • 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

  • Flexenclosure completes third data centre for Millicom group

    Data centre specialist Flexenclosure has completed its third data centre order from a Millicom group company. The construction of this eCentre in Bogotá was carried out for Colombian telecommunications company TigoUne. 

  • 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.

  • Infrastructure software gets EMEA push

    Nlyte Software has announced a partnership with IT infrastructure management reseller Improved IT relating to its suite of DCIM tools including the latest releases Nlyte 9.0 and Nlyte Discovery. The agreement covers Europe and the Middle East and Africa and should improve access to the software in these regions.

  • Innovation celebrated at SVC Awards 2017

    The winner of the Hyperconverged Innovation of the Year category at this year’s Storage, Virtualization and Cloud (SVC) Awards 2017 is Schneider Electric, DCR can reveal. The honour, decided by popular vote, was awarded to celebrate the company's commitment to innovating technologies that support the adoption of both Edge and Cloud Computing, as well as meeting the challenges of Big Data and the IoT.

  • 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.

  • Laser machining centre will revolutionise control panel production

    Claiming a UK first, Runcorn and Ewloe-based electrical engineering firm, LCA Controls, has switched its control panel operations from manual production to laser-machining.  The move is expected to transform its productivity and efficiency.

  • Legrand acquires power management firm

    Power, light and data technologies specialist Legrand, North and Central America (LNCA), has announced the purchase of Server Technology a supplier of rack power distribution units and power management software for critical infrastructures such as labs, data centres, and telecommunications facilities.

  • 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.

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