‘DC cooling infrastructure must be compliant ahead of summer’

11 May 2021

Data centre operators must ensure cooling infrastructure being repaired or replaced is compliant with regulations if extreme heat reaches similar heights to last year, according to a temperature control specialist.

Affecting both the UK and EU, the 2020 F-Gas ban is a requirement of EU Regulation 517/2014 and means no refrigerants with a high global warming potential (GWP) can be used in cooling systems. For European data centres with mechanical cooling systems, this means refurbishment or replacement of aging infrastructure must be compliant with these regulations.

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LinkIQ combines Fluke Networks’ cable performance technology with switch diagnostics for cable testing

06 May 2021

The LinkIQ

The LinkIQ

Fluke Networks has launched the LinkIQ Cable+Network tester, which combines switch diagnostics with state-of-the-art cable measurement technology to enable installers, system integrators and network support professionals to easily troubleshoot network cabling and/or connect Power over Ethernet (PoE) devices to the network.

The company reckons the product provides simple pass/fail test reports using the company’s innovative LinkWare PC Cable Test Management Software. It can also verify the performance of switches, including those that provide Power over Ethernet.

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Time to rip off the band-aid – making remote working a viable long-term solution

04 May 2021

Many businesses were left scrambling in the wake of last year’s lockdown, and the quick fix solutions adopted to rapidly allow for a remote workforce were often full of holes. Given the economic circumstances and the pressure to be up and running fast, many businesses simply patched up the holes in their technology.

However, organisations that took this ‘band-aid’ approach are starting to realise the vulnerabilities in their systems. The time has come to rip off the band-aids and invest in robust solutions that will make remote working a viable solution in the long-term. From an organisational point of view, there is no going back to our pre-Covid ways, and the future involves a remote workforce.

Not a temporary situation

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Cyber fears as Department for Education loses nearly 200 devices

04 May 2021

The Department of Education has seen nearly 200 devices including laptops and mobile phones lost or stolen over the last two years, according to official figures.

Data, which was obtained under a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act inquiry by Parliament Street think tank has revealed the number of lost and stolen gadgets since 2019.

The Department for Education, which is overseen by secretary of state for education Gavin Williamson is responsible for child protection, education, apprenticeships, and wider skills in England has seen remote working surge due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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