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Talking ‘bout the younger generation!

Xavier Plowright, Senior Analyst – Data Centre Transactions EMEA at JLL, won the Rising Stars Award at last year’s DC Awards. Here he outlines his career to date, shares his thoughts on the data centre industry (the good and the not so good!), with the focus very much on encouraging the younger generation to drive the industry forward - and to enter this year’s Rising Stars Award.

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Edge sustainability - a major opportunity for the telecoms sector

Nathan Blom, Iceotope’s CCO, discusses the recent STL Partners report: Sustainability Insights – Navigating Sustainable Edge Strategies, which outlines the major opportunity that telcos have to both ensure optimised energy-efficient edge infrastructure as well as substantial financial savings. Specialised liquid cooling solutions are particularly suited to the telecoms sector, with Iceotope, working with Intel and HPE, set to launch a major new telco solution at MWC.

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Sustainability drives the data centre sector

Jon Healy, Chief Operating Officer at Keysource, offers some great insights into the challenges and opportunities facing the industry in 2024 and beyond, with the many aspects of sustainability dominating the agenda, alongside the advent of AI, the ongoing skills shortage, and one or two supply chain issues.

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Digital technologies help to address the skills shortage

Mark Fenton, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Cadence, explains the ways in which digital twins, augmented and virtual reality and AI can help the data centre industry address the impending skills shortage as well as providing many operational benefits.

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Addressing the challenges of implementing AI-driven data centre infrastructure

Manja Thessin, AFL's Market Manager, explains how the AI revolution is driving change in data centre architecture, outlining the unique challenges these environments face in terms of cabling and connectivity as they integrate AI technologies as well as ways in which they can be addressed.

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Exploring the subtleties of sustainability

Speaking from the recent COP28 climate summit, David Craig, CEO at Iceotope, provides some fascinating, thoughtful insights into the sustainability challenges facing the data centre industry and the ways in which they need to be addressed.

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Where there’s a way, there’s a will

Paolo Perani, Sustainability Manager for ABB Electrification Distribution Solutions, discusses electrification, decarbonisation and broader sustainability topics, with plenty of examples of how the company is working with its supply chain and customers, as well as internally, to ensure that the journey to NetZero is energised by the many digital and sustainable technology solutions being continuously developed by ABB.

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AI looms large over industry’s sustainability roadmap

Tate Cantrell, Chief Technology Officer at Verne Global, provides some brilliant insights into the data centre industry’s sustainability progress to date and the technology and strategic innovations which will make a difference into the future – warning that the sheer scale of the impending AI explosion could just cause a disruptive re-think of many stakeholders’ Net Zero plans.

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Hybrid cooling a future industry highlight

Gordon Johnson, Senior CFD Manager at Subzero Engineering, discusses the ways in which the industry is moving towards its sustainability objectives, with liquid cooling predicted to have an increasingly important role to play as part of a likely future hybrid cooling strategy.

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Is the data centre industry ready for AI?

Steven Carlini, VP for Innovation and Data Centre at Schneider Electric, explains how the massive, continuing AI explosion is threatening to re-write the rules when it comes to data centre design and operation. The company recently published a Blueprint for AI data centres, which explores pioneering approaches to data centre design, and Steve shares the four key AI attributes and trends that will underpin physical infrastructure requirements in the era of machine learning.

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Time to rethink your energy strategy?

Mark Callaway, Account Management Director at Noveus Energy, offers some great insights into the business energy market, with a series of thoughts and suggestions as to how data centre owners and operators can take a much more proactive role when it comes to procuring their power supply – and save considerable sums of money along the way.

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Sustainable fire suppression

Torbjørn Laursen, Inventor of Inergen, discusses the environmental and cost-saving benefits of the Inergen fire extinguishing system, and also explains how Fire Eater’s Inergen System offers several special advantages for data centre owners and operators.

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Systems engineering approach offers electrical infrastructure optimisation

Neil Potter, Business Development Manager for Electrical Systems and Solutions, Eaton, discusses the problems data centre owners and operators have when it comes to optimising the design, implementation, operation and retirement of their electrical infrastructure; and goes on to explain how the company’s recently launched xIntegra solution addresses these challenges by providing an holistic, integrated systems engineering approach to electrical systems design, hardware, software, services and the value chain lifecycle.

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Data centres – time for a technology revolution?

Max Schulze, Founder of the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance, shares his usual fascinating and thought-provoking insights, with the focus in this interview on the many ways in which data centres need to work towards sustainability objectives on the path to Net Zero. While progress is being made, Max believes that, all too often, the climate continues to play second fiddle to commercial concerns.

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Building a sustainable digital economy - setting the scene

Max Schulze, Founder of the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance, explains why the organisation is transforming into a global think tank, before discussing the current digital transformation landscape – the good, the bad and the ugly! As ever, he shares some great insights as to what needs to happen to ensure that sustainability is front and centre of the digital world.

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