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An opportunity for CIOs to grasp sustainability

Mohan Gandhi, Senior Sustainability Consultant, STG Advisors, explains the first, second and third ages, how this is relevant to sustainability and how CIOs can grasp it. Enterprise sustainability is the act of getting the right data into the right hands at the right time to make the right decisions – what I call data fluency.  […]

A matter of urgency: What data centres can do to help with net zero

Astrid Wynne, Head of Sustainability at Interact, discusses the looming climate change crisis and how data centres in particular can play their part in minimising environmental impact and get ahead of the curve.  Evidence collated by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests that global warming is likely to reach 1.5⁰C between 2030 and […]

Addressing the data centre industry’s skills shortage

Creating a culturally diverse industry and appealing to the younger generation is of critical importance for closing the skills gap. Adelle Desouza, Founder, HireHigher, talks about how we can ensure the data centre space is a career of choice for young people and why we should be upskilling current talent to future-proof the industry.  Research […]

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in the digital age

From time to time, The DCA likes to take a step back from ‘what’ to consider ‘why’. Jon Summers, Research Lead at RI.SE & DCA Advisory Board Member, writes in collaboration with ChatGPT, discussing how the digital age has changed the way we operate and function and how the hierarchy of needs provides a useful framework for examining […]

Will the UK grid provide the secure energy supply you desire?

Bob Collinson, MD – Noveus Energy, considers the UK grid’s available capacity and the situation with new connections. He then looks at the on-site self-generation of energy through renewable options to mitigate the risk of not getting connected. He concludes with a look at related pressures on data centres, including hedging market costs, tenant expectations […]

Experts discuss how the cost-of-energy crisis is impacting the data centre industry

Almost eight-in-10 (79%) IT decision-makers state that the energy crisis has created concern for their future sustainability strategy, according to the latest research commissioned by Telehouse International Corporation of Europe. As a result of the currently turbulent geopolitical and economic climate, 86% of IT decision-makers have already altered their current business plans to minimise the […]

Regulation is coming to the data centre sector

John Booth, Chair DCA Energy Efficiency SIG & MD, Carbon 3IT, discusses who will be regulating the data centre sector and what the implications will be. The data centre has always been subject to regulation, but this is more by default rather than direct and targeted legislation. We fall under the Electricity at Work Regulations […]

Future gazing – Five predictions for 2023

Astrid Wynne, Head of Sustainability at Interact, discusses the data centre industry’s responsibility to reduce environmental impact as well as outlining some of the more broader expectations of the industry in the new year. 1. Energy (in)security Data centre managers are going to have to understand a lot more about their IT hardware and how […]

Can we keep the lights on, power cars and run data centres?

Rich Kenny, MD, Interact, believes that we can’t keep the lights on, power cars and run data centres just with business as usual, but change is coming whether we like it or not. The current acute energy crisis means that governments are doing everything they can to prevent a worst-case scenario of shortages and blackouts. […]

The data centre skills shortage and how to rectify it

The skills shortage across the data centre space has long been considered one of the biggest challenges for the industry. Adelle Desouza – DCA Advisory Board and Founder HireHigher, offers her best practice advice for taking action to close the skills gap, whilst introducing The Rising Stars Programme of which The DCA is a supporting […]

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