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.

  • Aircraft expert relocates its IT infrastructure to London

    GDC Technics, a leading aircraft modification centre providing maintenance on Boeing and Airbus aircraft, has announced that Volta Data Centres has been chosen as its data centre partner of choice for Europe. GDC‘s server infrastructure was previously hosted in Munich, at its German office. Following a streamlining of its engineering, the company wanted to move its IT infrastructure to the UK, with London being a prime location.

  • Analytics module meets US federal requirements

    Leading data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) software firm, Nlyte Software has released an analytics module, a new addition to the Nlyte DCOI solution which enables US federal agencies to share and roll-up key DCOI metrics to parent agencies.

  • Are edge computing and IIoT changing the way we think about data?

    As we observe what’s happening in industrial enterprises, there’s an interesting evolution occurring—one that has important implications as companies make their first tentative steps toward the industrial Internet of things (IIoT), writes Jason Andersen.

  • 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.

  • Automatic transfer switch has built-in sensors, controllers and connectivity

    ABB has released an all-new automatic transfer switch (ATS) for critical power applications at the Data Centre World event at London's Excel this March. With its connectivity and monitoring functions for critical power applications, the new product, named TruONE, is claimed to be the world’s first true ATS to package all the necessary sensors and controllers into a single easy-to-install device that helps improve protection and makes installation 80 percent faster.

  • Branch in a Box simplifies computing for the edge

    StorMagic has made available an integrated computing solution, which it has named Branch in a Box and operates as an integrated micro data centre solution designed specifically for hyperconverged and edge computing environments. The new system is a ready-to-deploy bundle that includes hardware from APC by Schneider Electric and Dell/EMC, with the virtualisation software needed to power, process and store mission-critical information. 

  • Celebrating the 48th annual Earth Day

    April 22nd marks the 48th annual Earth Day. And for the occasion, we join with folk from more than 190 other countries worldwide and by taking a close look at sustainability in the technical industries through the eyes of four tech industry experts who share their insider knowledge and advice on implementations and strategies. Annual Earth Day was founded to highlight the importance of environmental protection, and unification over one common goal – taking care of our planet.  

  • Centres combat critical threats avoiding infrastructure downtime

    Protecting the continuity of critical national infrastructure (CNI) sites such as data centres, utilities, mass transit and distribution hubs or communications networks is vital for a modern economy. In the case of a fire, it is essential to minimise any disruption and to avoid potential impact on businesses and consumers, as a blaze can spread quickly and totally wipe out network operations with very little warning.

  • Chinese giant cloud company has firm plans for growth

    Arguably China’s largest Internet provider, Tencent has opened another four cloud data centres - two in the US, one in India and one in Hong Kong. And planning to compete with the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Alibaba Cloud, the company has targeted key data centre metro markets such as Silicon Valley, Virginia, Mumbai and Hong Kong, bringing its overall facilities count to 42.  

     

  • 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.

  • Colocation services provider relies on Cloud-based monitoring

    London startup IP House is a new entrant to the UK colocation market, having officially opened its Canary Wharf facility earlier this month. The company has selected EcoStruxure IT, the cloud-based data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) platform, to provide 24/7 monitoring of its ISO-accredited facility.

  • Colocation startup deploys future proof cabling system

    UK-based startup IP House is a supplier of high-performance data centre colocation services and has partnered with cabling company HellermannTyton to deploy its RapidNet hybrid cabling system throughout the IP House London facility.

  • 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.

  • Edge data centre suits innovative IoT solutions

    Companies that employ machine-to-machine communication to streamline manufacturing naturally require real-time capabilities and IT resources deployed in close geographical proximity ensure that latency is low and that data readily available. 

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