Data Centre Infrastructure

  • Lenovo rolls out its as-a-service offering

    Lenovo has announced TruScale Infrastructure Services, a subscription-based offering that allows customers to use and pay for data centre hardware and services – on-premise or at their preferred location – without having to purchase the equipment.

  • 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?

  • Meeting the needs of expanding IIoT

    Belden has responded to the fast growing demand for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity by expanding its Lumberg Automation LioN-Power IO-Link System.

  • 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.

  • Network services given optical boost

    Optical connectivity services provider AFIBER has expanded its service footprint with the maincubes AMS01 data centre located in the Schiphol-Rijk district of Amsterdam.

  • 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.

  • Partnership provides ‘next generation’ colocation services

    DCIM expert Nlyte Software has made an agreement with DATA4, a European specialist in the design, construction and operation of ultra-secure data centres, to provide real-time information on its data centre infrastructure, reduce operational risks, and provide value-added services for colocation customers. With Nlyte, DATA4 will progress its vision to be the global leader in colocation services, it is claimed.

  • Pilot scheme for environmentally friendly data centre of the future opens

    A pilot site data centre was inaugurated earlier this month at Boden, Sweden funded by the European Comission’s Horizon 2020 programme.

  • Planning permission granted for Echelon Data Centres’ Arklow development

    Dublin based Echelon Data Centres  has been granted planning permission for its planned 45,000m² facility in Arklow, Co Wicklow. The new data centre represents an investment of €500 million and will have a capacity of up to 100MW.

  • 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'.

  • Portal puts data centres back in control

    Data centre software experts Powerapp has launched a customer portal solution which accurately tracks and bills colocation customers’ power usage and promises to help save time and share information.

  • 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.