• Africa needs more data centres

    Every day people around the world generate 500 million tweets, post 4.3 billion Facebook messages and make 6 billion Google searches.  And these numbers are growing, driven not least by Africa’s relatively young population which, in the last 18 months, has seen a huge 47% increase in active mobile social users, Sybrand Pretorius explains.

  • 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. 

  • Clik-Nut now Included with select cabinet systems

    Panel builders in Europe can now purchase Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) popular F-Series TeraFrame and GF-Series GlobalFrame Cabinet Systems with Clik-Nut Hardware Kit included, which reduces installation time by at least 70 percent. Clik-Nut is a tool-less cage nut, which features a patent-pending squeeze-and-release design—eliminating the need for tools. The product provides the same strength and reliability as standard cage nuts and is fully compatible with square-punched holes.

  • Data centre keeps its cool

    Ambient cooling and plenty of low-carbon hydro power is making the Arctic a viable site for data centres. Alan Beresford explains how EcoCooling is taking advantage of the climate at the award winning Hydro66 data centre in Boden, Sweden

  • Emerson expects to pay $30m to settle Facebook case

    Emerson Electric Co has been ordered to pay $30m in damages to UK-based prefabricated module manufacturer BladeRoom, after a jury in California agreed that the company used stolen designs to build Facebook’s data centre in Sweden. BladeRoom will receive $10m in compensation for the profits lost, and $20m to make up for Emerson’s ‘unjust enrichment’.

  • Enclosures feature in virtual trade fair

    Rittal is planing a virtual trade fair centred on its new large enclosure system allowing visitors to experience the high number of options the Rittal VX25 system will provide. The virtual fair has been developed to give a detailed review and assessment of the features and benefits of the enclosure system. This includes expert analysis of its functionality and the advantages its assembly offers plus practical tips on how control and switchgear manufacturers can simplify and speed up their processes.

  • Enclosures: Keep your cool

    Advances in technology have allowed equipment to become faster and more compact, but with smaller spaces, come higher temperatures. Can your data centre handle the heat?

  • Enhanced energy-efficiency with Power over Ethernet

    Regulators and other stakeholders are calling for data centres to use energy in the most efficient way. Power over Ethernet (PoE), which makes it possible to provide current to Ethernet devices using data cables already in place, can contribute to greater energy efficiency. It may even help structurally lower DC power consumption. However, several factors must be taken into consideration. Dr Thomas Wellinger, market manager data centres, R&M, explains

  • Flexenclosure to construct Fijian eCentre cable landing station

    The Fijian Government’s has commissioned Swedish Internet infrastructure specialist Flexenclosure for the construction of an eCentre cable landing station in Savusavu. As part of commitment to make high speed Internet services available on Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island. The cable will connect to the Tui-Samoa undersea cable, providing a high-capacity and high-availability fibre optic link between Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island, and Vanua Levu. 

  • 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.

  • Hybrid power for Burkina Faso

    Flexenclosure, a Sweden-based designer and manufacturer of prefabricated data centre buildings and hybrid power systems for the ICT industry, has announced an order for more than 100 power systems, to be deployed across the West African nation of Burkina Faso.

  • Hygienic solution for large systems

    Rittal’s Hygienic Design System enclosures combine the features of the Hygienic Design Compact enclosures with a modular, bayable configuration. They deliver a flexible and hygienic solution that protects installed electrical and electronic equipment, even in washdown areas.

  • Industry 4.0 speeds enclosure production

    A manufacturing centre based on Industry 4.0 principles is currently under construction at Rittal’s Rittershausen plant and will include production lines for manufacturing large enclosures. The company is gearing up its production to Industry 4.0 through consistent digitisation of processes and fully automated profiling, welding and panel manufacturing units, making the new centre a model for all Rittal production plants worldwide.

  • Infrastructure solution shows all in Birmingham

    Visitors to this year’s Drives and Controls show will be able to see Rittal’s infrastructure solution on the company’s stand D720 along with some product innovations at next week’s show at the NEC. 

  • Installing switchgear the easy way

    Manufacturing switchgear can be very labour intensive and despite advances in automation, there is still a huge amount of manual work involved in cutting and machining busbars, support rails and cable ducts. Rittal Automation Systems is now offering new and improved machines and tools that will help automate or part-automate these previously time-consuming activities.

  • 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.

  • Meeting the requirements of innovative IoT solutions

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

  • Micro data centre offers direct liquid-to-chip cooling for high density applications

    Stulz has just launched a micro data centre which can be configured with all the key design aspects of a bricks and mortar model, including critical power control and monitoring, fire suppression, physical security and precision cooling.  The company suggests that this micro data centre will especially suit low to high density applications.

  • Navigating the data centre maze

    The International Data Corporation (IDC) recently reported that 73 per cent of companies now foresee the need for major modernisation of data centres, to keep pace with the speed of digital advances.  They include Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, big data and edge computing.

  • Network organiser keeps cables tidy

    Modern network infrastructures are reliant on optimum performance and maximum flexibility with their cabling. And now, a new product from Rittal has been designed to achieve this flexibility. The Network Cable Organizer is said to revolutionise patching work on the enclosure, with eight times faster assembly, creating space and order in the rack and offering time savings.

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