Data Centre Infrastructure

  • Security outweighs cost in future colocation considerations

    As the demand for colocation data centres continues to grow, the role of a colocation provider has never been more important. According to a newly commissioned 451 Research global study, commissioned by Schneider Electric, 64% of customers thought that colocation will play a role in their data centre strategy during the next two to three years.

  • ServerFarm buys London data centre to break into Europe

     US-headquartered ServerFarm has entered the European data centre services market with the acquisition of an 8MW data centre located in Feltham, near London. The capture adds another 120,000 square feet to its existing data centre portfolio of more than one million square feet. The acquired facility was once used by a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary as ServerFarm continues to buy sites previously used by major technology vendors.

  • Sky rolls out DCIM solution

    Broadcaster and telecoms giant Sky has rolled out a data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) solution across its UK data centre estate. The project was awarded to and led by leading data centre specialists Keysource, who were chosen in partnership with Schneider Electric.

  • Slimline motor controllers create space in enclosures

    Small drives for machines and equipment are typically powered up to 9.0 A and are protected by conventional motor circuit breakers. However, when space in the enclosure is limited, it is very difficult to find room for significant numbers of protective components. 

  • Software revision enhances user experience

    DCIM specialist Nlyte Software has released Nlyte 9.0 which, the company suggests, has been extensively redesigned ‘from the ground-up’ to personalise the user experience in data centres and colocation facilities. Nlyte’s CEO and president, Doug Sabella, elaborated: “We continually learn from our customers, who are among the leading infrastructure operators, and incorporate their feedback for the benefit of our entire customer base. 

  • Solar-only tower sites – a recipe for success or failure?

    Riana Donaldson explains how the mobile telecommunications landscape has been changing over the past few years, particularly in the world’s developing economies.  With customers demanding expanded rural network rollout and cost competition putting pressure on capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX), mobile network operators (MNOs) have been looking for ways to reduce their costs – particularly at tower sites where the cost of powering the active telecoms equipment can be prohibitively expensive. 

  • The action is out on the edge

    In all the excitement over the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the domain of computing activity that may do most to translate the technology into lasting business value has been somewhat overlooked. David Laurello, President and CEO of Stratus Technologies is talking about Edge Computing.

  • The most efficient data centre is the one you don’t have to build

    Broadcaster and telecoms giant Sky operates a multi-channel and multi-platform television service in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria. It covers 20 million households and extending from TV to mobile devices, on linear and On Demand. It also offers a range of broadband and telephone services.

  • Time to switch from OEM to compatible components

    As networking speeds increase, it is more important than ever for organisations to select the right technology for the job at the right price-point.

  • Training powers future skills at Sellafield

    Around 21% of the UK’s power consumption is currently supplied by nuclear energy but much of our nuclear capacity is due to be decommissioned by 2025 due to the age of the reactors and the possibility of replacing older technologies with newer, safer and more efficient nuclear generation. However, nuclear power plays an even greater role in the Government’s energy strategy going forward, with plans to increase resilience in our energy supply through the new reactors currently being planned, designed and constructed. These proposals include new nuclear facilities at Hinkley Point C, Sizewell C, Wylfa Newydd, Oldbury and Bradwell B, along with the decommissioning of existing nuclear plant at Sellafield and development of new reactors on the site.

  • Trends for cloud computing and data centres

    Computing equipment specialist, Rittal has published some interesting predictions for the future of the data centre sector as the industry moves towards greater AI-based monitoring capabilities and the processing of data in real time with edge computing.   

  • University boosts IT efficiency with integrated system

    The United Kingdom’s sixth largest university is upgrading its main data centre using the latest infrastructure equipment and management software. Schneider Electric said it is supplying the equipment to maximise the availability, reliability and efficiency of IT services.

  • Vertiv in push for next-generation networks

    In what Vertiv has termed a global vertical partnership aimed to boost telecom access networks in the race towards 5G, the company has been selected to join the Ericsson Energy Alliance, a competitive ecosystem and management interface that aims to increase market share and top-line growth while evolving access networks towards 5G.

  • Virtus opens London’s largest data centre campus

    Virtus Data Centres, one of the UK’s fastest growing data centre providers, has announced that its Stockley Park campus is now live, with the first pre-let customer to go online imminently. Virtus LONDON5 and LONDON6 are the first two data centres to open on the campus, delivering 40MW of IT capacity between them.

  • zColo to launch data centre near London

    Colo, Zayo Group’s colocation subsidiary, is planning to expand its European presence with a data centre in the UK capital. The facility will be located in Feltham about 20 miles from central London and around 11 miles from Slough, the UK’s largest colocation, cloud and interconnection hub. Slough hosts service providers including Equinix, Infinity SDC, VIRTUS Data Centres and the London Internet Exchange (LINX).

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