Greening the data centre and reaping the benefits

14 November 2020

David Watkins, solutions director for Virtus Data Centres

David Watkins, solutions director for Virtus Data Centres

You don’t have to work in technology to know that the internet is powering the way we live and work. Wired and wireless digital connectivity is a fundamental component of healthcare systems, remote working and learning, e-commerce, and public service delivery – particularly crucial during the COVID pandemic. You also don’t have work in the industry to know that the infrastructure that makes all of this work has often been considered a significant blight on the environment.

Today, there are more than eight million data centres globally, which not only dispose of many metric tons of hardware every year, but which also account for around one, to one and a half per cent of global power consumption, a proportion which is comparable with the level of carbon emissions of the airline sector. Experts agree that, if the technology industry doesn’t take action to reduce these numbers, it’s likely that the energy consumption of data centres could contribute more than ten per cent of the world’s electricity supply in the next ten years.

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The edge computing evolution: a new era for the IT channel

13 November 2020

By Joachim Fisher, Vertiv

It’s no exaggeration to say that uncertainty remains something of a new global currency. What does this all mean for IT infrastructure behind the edge computing revolution?

When we reflect on the impact the pandemic has had on the tech landscape, we have to acknowledge how 2020 highlighted just how central digitisation has become – both in commerce and our day-to-day lives. What did we do before Microsoft Teams and Zoom, WebEx and Skype? And what role do we foresee digitisation playing in the future?

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Quantum’s ATFS aims 'to classify and manage unstructured data'

10 November 2020

Quantum has expanded its storage portfolio with the addition of the ATFS (All-Terrain File System), the company said.

ATFS is NAS-type file storage based around a file system, but with enhanced capabilities in terms of its ability to interrogate file metadata, tag files and provide multiple management options based on rules applied to them.

It is the result of Quantum’s acquisition of Atavium earlier this year. Atavium manages data and optimises migration of data and workflows. It provides search and policy-based tiering, which range from on-board flash to external and cloud storage. It applies “zero-touch data classification” to classify files as they pass through workflow. It can also provide virtual file system views of specific datasets based on tags in metadata.

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Partnering well: getting the most from technology experts

10 November 2020

Matt Parker, CEO of Babble unlocks the secrets to successful technology partnerships

Matt Parker, CEO of Babble 

Even before Covid-19, many organisations faced considerable IT challenges. Now, Covid-19 is rapidly pushing companies to operate in new ways and IT is being tested as never before.

As businesses juggle a range of new systems, priorities and challenges, including business continuity risks, sudden changes in volume, real-time decision-making, workforce productivity, security and customer satisfaction, leaders must act quickly to address immediate systems resilience issues and lay a foundation for the future.

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