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Park Place Technologies expands its data centre expertise

Park Place Technologies has been on quite some journey, as the company has grown from its core Third Party Maintenance focus to today’s data centre network optimisation specialist organisation. Ian Shearer, Managing Director, APAC & EMEA, Park Place Technologies, discusses recent developments at the company, which include several acquisitions, technical solution and professional services innovations.

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SDC Channel Summit promises valuable MSP insights

Conference Chair Ian Luckett outlines the content of the second virtual SDC Channel Summit event, taking place 10-11 May. A mixture of keynote presentations, roundtables and panel discussions promise to produce plenty of valuable insights for Channel companies dealing with the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.

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Sustainability becoming a major Channel focus

Michael O’Hara, Group Managing Director of DataSolutions, a distributor of transformational IT solutions, talks through the results of the company’s Channel sustainability stock-take survey, revealing how companies are losing out on contracts if they can’t demonstrate their environmental credentials, how the Channel is beginning to address its sustainability responsibilities and highlights the success of DataSolutions’ Techies Go Green initiative.

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Shooting the breeze on thermal management

Chair of the Data Centre Alliance’s Thermal Management Special Interest Group (SIG), Jon Summers, looks at some of the topics and technologies under scrutiny as the current sustainability focus turns up the heat on the data centre sector to improve its environmental performance. Liquid cooling, legacy data centres, the PUE metric, geography and climate, waste heat reuse and the role of AI are all covered during the discussion.

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Sustainability, security and success stories - Keysource

Richard Clifford, Head of Innovation at Keysource, talks through some of the company’s recent customer success stories, its new cybersecurity focus, and goes on to provide some great insights into the data centre sustainability debate – with Scope 3 emissions and supply chain collaboration a major focus, alongside hybrid cooling and the edge. Richard also suggests that it might be time to move beyond the PUE metric as a measure of data centre energy efficiency.

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DIAL for data centre expertise

Mike West, CEO of Digital Infrastructure Advisors Ltd (DIAL), outlines the company’s comprehensive data centre service – business advice, legal services, technical and design – alongside what he believes is an overdue, major focus on cybersecurity. In simple terms, Mike thinks that there needs to be more industry-wide understanding and planning around ‘what happens if a data centre goes down thanks to a cyber attack’.

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Net Zero – the data centre ‘dilemma’

Rob Mather, Sales Director at Power Control Ltd (PCL), offers some thoughts on the role that UPS systems have to play in helping the data centre industry reduce its carbon footprint, as well as on wider sustainability issues such as renewables, waste heat re-use, micro grids and the supply chain.

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Global data centres - the foundation of NTT’s full stack, hybrid IT solutions portfolio

NTT’s John Eland, talks through the company’s global data centre expansion plans, which cover the US, UK, Spain, South Africa, Malaysia and, most notably, India. John also explains how NTT’s ability to provide almost any combination of colocation, connectivity and ICT solutions required fits perfectly with customers’ hybrid IT requirements.

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Up close with Kohler

Data center power systems supplier Kohler has launched its range of walk-in Power Optimised Design Solutions (PODS) in response to the increased market demand for high-power gensets. Richard Russet, Managing Director, Kohler, gives an in-depth update on the company, including the launch, and then talks to DCS about some of the challenges facing the data centre industry right now.

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PODS launch addresses high-powered demand

Data center power systems supplier Kohler has launched its range of walk-in Power Optimised Design Solutions (PODS) in response to the increased market demand for high-power gensets. Richard Russet, Managing Director, Kohler, talks through the launch, as well as some of the challenges facing the data centre industry right now.

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Edge takes centre stage for Proximity

John Hall, Managing Director Colocation, Proximity Data Centres, explains the company’s strategy as it builds out a network of 20 or so regional, or edge, UK colocation data centres. With the halfway point already in sight, he is confident that the company’s business model is an attractive proposition for a variety of customers. John also shares some fascinating insights as to how he sees the data centre industry developing over time, as it tries to reconcile increasing demand with its sustainability responsibilities.

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Sustainable digital infrastructure in the spotlight

Thor Johnsen, Head of Digital Infrastructure at investment company Triple Point Digital 9 Infrastructure (D9) and Dominic Ward, CEO of Icelandic data centre operator Verne Global, discuss the investment company’s recent acquisition of the Icelandic data centre operator, with sustainability very much front and centre. Both provide valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities of sustainable investment, operating truly sustainable data centres and of responding to the wider focus on environmental issues ahead of the COP26 Summit.

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A flexible edge - central to a successful data centre strategy

DCS talks with Sam Prudhomme, Subzero Engineering’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, discussing the problems of planning for edge applications without any certainty as to when, where and how they will need to be delivered by means of an organisation’s data centre infrastructure. Speed of construction, flexibility, agility and scalability are key, which is why Subzero Engineering has taken a slightly different approach when it comes to designing the Essential Micro Data Centre.

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Data centre industry in good health, ready for sustainability, supply chain and skills challenges

DCS talks with Jim Hart, CEO of Business Critical Solutions (BCS). The company’s summer report paints an optimistic picture for the data centre sector in terms of continuing growth; but acknowledges that the industry faces some significant disruption as it seeks to address the problems posed by climate change, the global supply chain and a skills shortage.

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UPS in the spotlight

DCS talks to Louis McGarry, Sales & Marketing Director at Centiel UK, focusing on the company’s impressive track record designing, manufacturing and delivering UPS systems for the data centre market, with hot/safe swap, the importance of service and sustainability key topics covered during the conversation.

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News

Wrike has released new findings that uncover the cost of work complexities brought about by the Digital Era and accelerated transformations. According to the research report commissioned by Wrike, “Dark Matter of Work: The Hidden Cost of Work Complexities,” up to 55% of the work that takes place within an organisation is not visible to key stakeholders, costing organisations up to $60 million a year in wasted time, delayed or canceled projects, and employee churn. This lack of visibility has created the “Dark Matter of Work,” a term coined by Wrike Founder Andrew Filev to describe the vast amount of work that isn’t captured, tracked, or measured against goals because it takes place in synchronous applications and unstructured ways.
New research reveals majority of large businesses can’t replace unsupported hardware, leaving potential vulnerabilities exposed.
With an unprecedented number of employees now working in hybrid or fully remote environments, compounded by an increase in cyber threats and a more overwhelmed, COVID-19 information fatigued workforce, there has never been a more critical time to effectively create and maintain a cyber-secure workforce and an engaged security culture.
Arcserve has published the first in a series of findings of its annual independent global research study on current experiences and attitudes of IT decision-makers (ITDMs) around data protection and recovery. Key findings from the research show that ransomware attacks continue to impact organisations worldwide with high costs, but they are still largely unprepared. With 50% of respondents targeted with ransomware attacks, the research indicates the critical need for companies to take a new approach to data resilience that fortifies disaster recovery strategies, backup systems, and immutable storage solutions to prevent the loss of mission-critical data.

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