The cheapest unit of energy is the one you don’t use. It’s an old adage, but one that has never been more accurate for energy intensive users looking to reduce bills. In this article, Jodie Eaton, CEO of Shell Energy UK, considers how IT and data centres can better streamline their power consumption, while working towards corporate decarbonisation targets and the ultimate goal of net-zero.
Marc Garner, VP, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland The data centre sector skills shortage has been documented by industry publications and research firms for almost a decade. In fact, a report published by Gartner in 2016 found 80% of firms expected to find their growth held back due to a lack of new data centre skills, with the McKinsey Global Institute predicting a global shortage of 1.5 million qualified data centre managers as early as 2015.
Big data, big energy consumption?
Each photo we post on social media or email we send is saved into servers that are stored in physical data centres around the world. This process consumes a significant amount of energy, raising sustainability issues in the data centre industry. To help overcome this challenge, Marcin Bala, CTO of telecommunications networks specialist Salumanus Ltd, explains how to create a more sustainable data centre infrastructure.
The hidden cost of data
Zero-carbon cooling systems revolutionise data centre energy efficiency.
Data underpins every aspect of modern life, with more information generated now than ever before. Keeping data centres cool is crucial for their safe and effective function, but due to the large amounts of waste heat they generate, this requires significant power consumption. To tackle this issue, Glasgow-based green energy pioneer, Katrick Technologies, has developed and patented a unique passive cooling system that removes waste heat without external power required. Here, Katrick Co-CEO Vijay Madlani examines the costs of data centre cooling and how new systems can revolutionise efficiency.
Ciarán Forde, Segment Leader, Data Centre and IT, Electrical Sector, EMEA, Eaton, discusses the findings of the company’s recent report: The Intersection of Digital Transformation and the Energy Transition, which highlights an apparent gap between digital transformation and energy transition efforts in four power critical sectors, including the data centre industry. Ciaran highlights the progress the industry has made to date, as well as explaining how a new type of digital toolkit can help companies in their quest for truly sustainable operational optimisation.
Ayelet Elstein, VP EMEA at Lakeside Software, positions the Digital Employee Experience (DEX) within the wider context of the customer experience (CX), emphasising the critical importance of data as a prerequisite for any company-wide approach to improving and optimising end-to-end hybrid IT infrastructure performance and the resulting business benefits.
Brad Ascar, Principle Product Manager – Kubernetes ecosystem at Redis - cuts through the hype surrounding containers to explain the many benefits they offer. The importance of education and training, optimised orchestration and how to get started with containers and Kubernetes are all covered.
Marc Garner, VP of Schneider Electric's Secure Power Division and Major Pursuits team in the UK and Ireland, covers Electricity 4.0, eConversion technology and the Schneider Electric Research Institute’s work, as part of a wide-ranging data centre sustainability discussion. Marc believes that a new way of thinking, and radical solutions, are the only way to meet Net Zero ambitions.
Microchip has successfully completed compatibility testing of Toshiba’s new 20TB, 3.5-inch MG10ACA Series. The operation of these hard disk drives (HDDs) is now confirmed on all Adaptec® 31xx and 32xx redundant array of independent disk (RAID) controllers from Microchip.