Author Archives: Rob Roberts

The Rise of Modular and Containerised Datacentres

Bespoke Modular Data Centres

The idea of using a shipping container to house a datacentre may not convey the same image as a ‘bricks and mortar’ building but is a very practical alternative. Prefabricated containers are the infrastructure backbone of many leading hyperscale cloud-serving organisations so why would you not consider this for your own on-site datacentre facility? The […]

The Role of Micro Data Centres in 5G Wireless Applications

Micro Data Centres for 5G Applications

Cisco predicts a tripling of digital traffic over the next five years, led by developments in Edge computing and the deployment of 5G wireless technologies. For data processing at the Edge, new types of datacentre are being developed including Micro Data Centres (MDCs) which will also play a role in 5G wireless connectivity. Micro Data […]

When Is The Right Time To Refurbish Your Datacentre?

Server Room and Datacentre Refurbishment Projects

For many organisations, there is no right time to refurbish their server room or datacentre environments. In use 24/7 means that any refresh whether of a critical system or the entire facility is going to result in a period of downtime. However, most facilities are designed with a set working lifetime of 10-15 years and […]

Why Server Rooms Are Installing Micro Data Centres

Micro Data Centres for server rooms

The datacentre industry is always evolving, and many organisations face a growing demand to combine on-site computing with hyperscale based cloud services. Few will outsource all their IT functions and will retain an on-site server room but what will this look like in the future? The answer to this lies in how the organisation intends […]

What Is A Containerised Modular Data Centre?

Modular Containerised Data Centres

Modular Data Centres (MDCs) use standardised critical infrastructure systems and pre-engineered containers or cabins to provide a data centre that can be transported to its point of use and is more easily scalable than a traditinal ‘bricks and mortar’ facilities. The roll outs of Edge computing and 5G provide further opportunities for the adoption of […]

The Energy Efficiency Benefits of Cold and Hot Aisle Containment

Hot and Cold Ailse Containment

As datacentres look to increase their energy efficiency and provide predictable cooling to their high-density racks, they are faced the choice of whether to adopt hot-aisle or cold-aisle containment. Aisle containment can offer benefits to both existing and new build datacentres and can help to remove ‘hot-spots’ and deliver uniform air temperatures to server inlets. […]

The Benefits of Liquid Cooling Solutions Over Air Conditioning Systems

Liquid Cooled Server Racks

The datacentre industry is under immense pressure to reduce its energy usage and achieve a smaller carbon footprint. One of the biggest users of non-compute energy are the cooling solutions used within hyperscale down to medium and small-sized datacentres. The traditional air-based cooling systems have always been the ‘go-to’ solution for datacentres and server rooms […]

The Key Differences Between UPS, Generators and Energy Storage

Datacentre Backup Power Generators

There is often confusion as to the roles played by UPS systems and generators in critical power protection plans. This is more so now that lithium-ion batteries are also turning uninterruptible power supplies into what are now termed as energy storage systems. What’s the key differences between a UPS and generator? Uninterruptible Power Backup Uninterruptible […]

How to Dispose of e-Waste in the Datacentre Industry

IT E-waste Recovery and Recycling

Is the IT industry driven by technological developments or client needs? Sometimes it is not easy to define the drivers, but one thing is for sure. Innovation in the industry whether its for energy efficiency or scalability, cost reduction or power density, leads to the creation of e-waste or IT computers, servers, accessories, cabling, air […]

How Lithium-Ion Batteries Will Change Datacentre UPS Installations

Yuasa Lithium-Ion UPS Batteries For Datacentres

Lithium-ion batteries represent a technology that can disrupt the traditional data centre UPS market place and its reliance on valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) batteries. Other energy storage technologies have tried to disrupt this market place, including super capacitors and DC flywheels. The benefits of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries mean that this new battery technology is […]

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