Data Centre Infrastructure

  • For ultimate data centre security, technology alone is not the answer

    The security of data – and in particular people’s personal data – has been a hot topic in recent months, according to Arturo Maqueo of Flexenclosure. The EU’s rollout of new GDPR regulations; the Cambridge Analytica scandal; or the seemingly weekly revelations of financial institutions or consumer service providers which have had their databases hacked, are all examples most of us will be aware of.

  • Four primary edge archetypes defined

    Last month, Vertiv released a global, research-based analysis of network edge use cases, resulting in the identification of four main archetypes for edge applications and the technology required to support them. Edge experts, in conjunction with an independent third-party consulting firm, identified more than 100 use cases and refined the initial list to 24 considered to have the greatest impact on businesses and end users, based on projected growth, criticality and financial impact. Giordano Albertazzi explains. 

  • GDPR focused solution safeguards infrastructure integrity

    “For GDPR compliance, the physical security of the data processing infrastructure is as critical as the digital management,” said Robert Neave, chief technology officer and co-founder of solution provider Nlyte Software. “The concern of physical infrastructure extends beyond an organisation’s data centre, and includes colocation facilities, managed service providers, hosting services, SaaS vendors, and virtually any XaaS vendor.” 

  • Getting the data sets in line

    Nlyte Software expands its solution for the US federal data centre optimisation initiative (DCOI) with an analytics module that enhances the company’s DCOI solution with flexible and secure analytics capabilities. 

  • 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.

  • Google breaks ground at Alabama site

    It’s been nearly three years since technical giant Google announced its 360-acre data centre campus in Alabama and to start work at this North American site. A ground-breaking ceremony was held last week showing that even the world’s biggest corporations are not immune to delays. Announced in June 2015 and located in Jackson County, Bridgeport, the campus will amount to a capital expenditure of around $600m and create up to 100 jobs. 

  • Google plans further $13 billion data centre investment in the US

    Google hired more than 10,000 people in the US last year and made over $9 billion in investments, according to CEO Sundar Pichai.

  • Graphical Networks DCIM platform to increase network visibility for Siemon customers

    Siemon, a global network infrastructure specialist, has partnered with data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) solution provider Graphical Networks whose netTerrain DCIM platform will enable Siemon customers gain the network visibility they need to effectively manage, monitor, control and document the data centre.

  • Green power for Icelandic data centre expansion

    Etix Everywhere Borealis has signed contracts with Icelandic providers securing a total of 45 MW of green power. These contracts will support the expansion of its HPC and Blockchain data centres in the country.

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours its service providers

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise has named Basefarm its Northern Europe Service Provider of the Year. Basefarm is a leading European managed service provider, offering integrated key competencies for digital innovation – big data, cloud computing and information security in one service offering. The two companies claim to have developed a strong partnership spanning more than 10 years and as Basefarm has continued to grow across Europe, with more customers needing more storage, the relationship has grown even closer and more important.

    In 2017 storage was among Basefarm’s largest investment areas and the company has increased its capacity from 1 PB to 20 PB over the last four years. Today Basefarm is the largest HPE3 PAR user in Western Europe and was recently selected as one of two global partners to beta test HPE’s new Artificial Intelligence software HPE InfoSight for HPE 3PAR StoreServ.

    “We are very grateful to be awarded HPE Service Provider of the Year for Northern Europe. Our customers rely on us for their mission critical services, so strong partnerships and good collaborations, like the one we have with HPE, are crucial. Machines can talk to machines but in the end it’s the people that makes the difference,” said Fredrik Ohlsén, CEO of Basefarm.

    “It’s an honour to award partners who are raising the standard of business excellence,” said Paul Hunter, Worldwide Head of Partner Sales, HPE. “HPE is committed to enabling mutual growth with channel partners, and our awards recognize those who develop business opportunities with our joint customers.”

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced winners of the 2018 HPE Partner of the Year Awards at its annual Global Partner Summit in Las Vegas. Winners were recognised for outstanding performance and accomplishments, and for driving meaningful business results for shared customers, the company said.



  • High performance computing-as-a-service aids agility in financial markets

    Today’s financial firms rely heavily on data and technology in all aspects of their business. And in areas such as derivatives pricing, risk analytics, quantitative modelling, portfolio optimisation and bank stress-testing, the use of high performance computing (HPC) to rapidly perform highly complex calculations on large data sets is becoming increasingly prevalent, writes Stef Weegels. 

  • Hyperscale data centre due online by year end

    Reports from Hong Kong suggest that locally-based Chayora has broken ground on one of two hyperscaler data centres it has planned for mainland China as part of a $2bn investment. 

  • 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.

  • IoT expert asks: “What’s Beyond Voice?”

    For communications service providers (CSP) facing significant churn in traditional lines of business such as voice, the Internet of Things (IoT) provides tantalising opportunities to reverse their fortunes. At first glance, monetising IoT would appear to be a slam-dunk for the comms industry. After all, they control the networks that IoT devices must traverse. But if CSPs are to reap the financial rewards from the billions of connected smart objects, charging for connectivity alone won’t cut it. Nick Sacke explores different ways in which the channel can monetise IoT data and also, crucially, what steps CSPs need to take in order to ensure they have the skills and digital capabilities to take advantage of these new business models.

  • 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.

  • Kao secures funding from a city group

    Multinational financial services group Legal & General has made a significant investment in Kao Data, a leading provider of wholesale colocation data centre services.

  • 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.