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Datacentres for better security
Data Centres are critical in today’s society with almost every aspect of our activities being in some way reliant upon the internet and transfer and storage of electronic data.  Governments, Utilities, Banks, businesses & the general public rely on Data Centres for their Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Cyber defence...
As the threat of cyber-attacks continues to increase unabated, the government has been telling British businesses that it is in their own and, by extension, the British public’s, best interests to increase spending on online security.  This comes on the back of a recent survey that discovered an astonishing ninety...
Russia is by no means a dominant force in the worldwide data centre industry. Its entire market share, globally speaking, is less than 0.5%. However, things are changing in that part of the world. Russian construction of new data centres has been picking up over the last five years. Furthermore,...
More than a few eyebrows were raised earlier this year when hackers revealed they had breached the Ashley Madison adult dating site and stolen personal data relating to tens of millions of subscribers. Things were made worse when that data was finally dumped online a couple of weeks ago. The...
There are some critics of technology that believe humanity could be threatening its existence by creating artificial intelligence that could eventually make machines interested in their own survival. They may have a point. However, artificial intelligence aside, technology has not been the threat it has been made out to be...
We live in a true information age, with cloud-based services taking a firm precedent over traditional IT networks. Terms like “big data”, “internet of things” (IoT), “cyber-security” and “cloud” are frequently used when talking about the dominance of data in the world. Consumers are becoming more information-hungry than ever, devouring social...
Chinese data centre builders are finding themselves in a classic Catch-22 situation.  They are intent on designing new facilities with power and cooling focused on green initiatives in accordance with emission reduction goals, yet the pollution in many regions of China is so severe that it is unwise to use...
IBM recently announced a new project aimed at using absorption cooling to keep data centres cool.  The project, known as 'THRIVE', aims to combine silica gel with some of the heat produced by data centre servers to cool those same servers through a process that could reduce the amount of...
What is data?  To many of us, it is this innocuous digital substance that floats around the internet without any tangible properties.  Indeed, you could weigh a blank CD, insert it into your computer and fill it with data, then remove it and weigh it again.  You would discover it...
The Government has announced plans to invest some £45 million in improving the lives of UK citizens through digital research and technology.  The investment will be made by way of numerous research centres located throughout the UK.  The Engineering and Physical Services Research Council will provide £23 million of funding;...
It’s common for data centre providers to outsource the running of their facilities to outside companies; they provide the building, power and cooling and get other people to run the data centre itself. These outsourced companies may sign a three, four or five year contract (or for even less if...

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