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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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Making the most of IT management - NinjaRMM

Andre Schindler, General Manager EMEA at NinjaRMM, provides an update on recent technology and business developments at the remote monitoring and management solutions vendor.

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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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Payments industry plans for 5G proliferation - Clear Junction

Dima Kats, CEO of Clear Junction, talks to DW about the promise of 5G for the payments industry, highlighting not just the opportunities the technology will provide, but also the potential challenges around solution scalability and security. Dima also explains how the pandemic has served to emphasise the importance of organisations such as Clear Junction having the agility to respond to fast, major changes in the way in which its customers interact with consumers right across the globe.

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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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On-premises opportunities still very much alive! - Nebulon

Tim Pitcher, Vice President Sales at Nebulon, talks Channel challenges, including differentiation, changing business models and hyperconverged. Working through its OEM server partners, Nebulon has recently launched the smartPartner Programme, providing Channel companies with an exciting, recurring revenue opportunity.

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MSP or MSSP?

Marwin Marcussen, EMEA Channel Solution Architect at Kaseya, talks about the many challenges and opportunities facing end users as they seek to address the outfall from the pandemic, alongside the continuation of their existing digital transformation programmes. Happily, the Channel is perfectly placed to provide the expert knowledge and solutions end users require, with security very much the number one focus.

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Building digital muscle - Ascent

DW talks to Alex James, CTO at Ascent, about the pitfalls of focusing too closely on digital transformation and technology innovation without first understanding what it is your company wants to achieve. Armed with this knowledge, Alex believes that end users can then achieve the right balance between data, software and platforms in order to implement successful, focused business change.

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The importance of building services around skills - Node4

Andy Slater, Director (Azure Practice / N4Stack) at Node4 Ltd, talks about the twin hybrid opportunities for the Channel – hybrid IT and the hybrid workplace, emphasising the importance of providing the expertise and value which customers are not able to find within their own organisations.

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Expert Opinions

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