Data Centre Infrastructure

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • London based data centre meets OCP design principles

    Kao Data London One’s facility meets infrastructure requirements for companies looking to harness benefits of Open Compute Project (OCP) equipment. Data Centre Review understands that Kao Data is first in Europe and one of only two global colocation data centres working with OCP on pilot programme for validation

    Kao Data says it has been working with the OCP Foundation in a pilot programme to make its London One facility OCP-Ready.


  • London expansion for high-speed network services

    Kao Data has announced the expansion of its high-speed network capabilities with a connection to the London Internet Exchange (LINX) through its partnership with Ai Networks. As a virtual point of presence (vPoP), it has enhanced its carrier neutral services from the Kao Data London ONE data centre through the UK’s most dynamic Internet exchange.

  • Managing the hybrid IT environment

    Datacentre operators are increasingly managing a mix of off-premises services and privately owned, internal on-premises datacentre capacity and this strategy is creating new complexities and challenges. IT specialists need to know how having workloads in these hybrid IT environments is changing the requirements for hardware, software, networking and operational procedures? And which management strategies and tactics are proving successful?

  • Microsoft earmarks $5bn for IoT ecosystem

    The data generated by billions of IoT devices must be processed somewhere and one tech giant appears to have ambitions for the creation a comprehensive cloud ecosystem to achieve this ambitious goal. Microsoft says it is investing $5bn in the Internet of Things over the next four years to do just that. 

  • Migrating databases to the Cloud

    As enterprises continue to embark on their digital transformation journeys part of this change may involve migrating in-house applications, databases and data to the cloud.  But while all the benefits of cloud are widely understood, migrating a database or an application to the cloud is not always smooth sailing and there can be challenges to overcome when transitioning.  Roberto Mircoli highlights some of the steps enterprises should take to ensure their database migration is successful.

  • 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.

  • Need for speed: Future-proofing a data centre

    We live in a data intensive world, and the need for speed is more prevalent than ever. Andreas Sila, market manager of data centres at Huber+Suhner discusses the demands this places on infrastructure, and how operators can utilise a fibre management system to future proof their facility and reduce latency.

  • 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.

  • Panduit white paper: An insight into effective infrastructure implementation

    Panduit has published a new white paper, ‘Light into money – The future of fibre optics in the data centre networks.’ Authored by Dr. R Pimpinella, Panduit Fellow in Fibre Optic Research, the comprehensive document is an exploration of the current state of the market, highlighting the critical role which infrastructure developments will continue to play in data centre and data communications growth over the coming years.

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