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When you were in school, did you ever have a teacher tell you to "get your head out of the clouds" and pay attention? That age-old saying may take on new meaning if the vision of MIT professor Sugata Mitra is realised. Mitra recently laid out his ideas at the...
Back in 2011, Facebook experienced a rather unexpected phenomenon occurring inside their Prineville, Oregon data centre. Apparently, the right set of conditions converged inside the data centre to create a rain cloud that soaked the company's servers in water. Workers inside the data centre could actually hear power supplies blowing,...
Sears Holdings Corp., one of America's top 10 retailers by volume, recently filed a lawsuit against multiple vendors they allege were responsible for multimillion-dollar losses earlier this year. The losses occurred when two power failures shut down the company's data centre and website for hours on end. According to the...
According to sources, the deal is a 10-year agreement allowing Google to purchase the energy for all its power and cooling needs while still providing access electrical generation that can be sold on the European grid. While this is not Google's first green energy project, it is their first in...
Last week we reported on new technology enabling data companies to send different "coloured" like beams through a fibre cable in order to reduce loss and speed up data transfer times. The company testing the fibre was able to achieve speeds of 800 Gbps over a very impressive distance. Today,...
Norland, one of the UK and Ireland’s leading facilities, energy and project management companies has been appointed by British Airways to provide mechanical, electrical maintenance and grounds services at Heathrow.  Norland's services will include the engineering facilities, Terminal 3 and 5, Gatwick, regional sites in Manchester and Newcastle as well...
British Telecom (BT) recently made a major breakthrough in data communications with the successful test of their 800 Gbps "super-channel" running between Ipswich and London. The successful test was demonstrated by the company's ability to send the equivalent of seven high definition DVDs across the channel in just one second....
A triumphant London mayor held a news conference late last week to announce the signing of a deal between the London Legacy Development Corporation and iCity, a consortium put together to develop and promote the digital and creative industries in the UK. iCity will take control of the remaining empty...
In a recent surprising turnaround, the Australian government announced that it is cancelling a plan to require the nation's Internet service providers to provide ISP-level filtering. In making the announcement, government sources claim aborting the plan will save taxpayers some AUS$4.5 million over the next few years. The original plan...
The topic of jurisdiction has long been debated and is particularly sensitive in the datacentre field. With vendors trying to protect their clients while also adhering to government regulations and requirements. In truth, it can be a bit of a minefield for us providers with rules and regulations continually evolving....
Much of last week's Queen's Speech was a dull affair where data centre news is concerned, but Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker did offer the IT sector something to look forward to. That glimmer of hope comes by way of a new £21 million program designed to provide...

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