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02 Oct: AI and machine learning – data centres need to differentiate themselves to survive

The interest in adding Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to business models is fast gaining momentum as organisations look to find patterns within their data that can deliver greater business and customer intelligence, and predict future trends. As Gartner highlights, the number of enterprises implementing AI tripled in the past year. However, with Gartner also claiming that more than 30% of data centres that don’t deploy AI and machine learning won’t be operationally and economically feasible by 2020, Peter Ruffley, Chairman at Zizo, discusses how we can best use AI and what its role is within the data centre.

17 Sep: Getting cabling into buildings the smart way

In logistics, the term ‘last mile’ refers to a short distance that needs to be spanned in order to reach a final destination. When laying out or expanding fibre networks, the last mile is generally the most time-consuming, costly part. Of course, there are many variables to take into account, and often different types of cabling are used in different zones in a project. To avoid overspending and working with exaggerated specifications, Hermann Christen, Market Development Manager, R&M suggests it’s definitely worth consulting with an expert.

10 Sep: How network visibility can protect businesses in the new tomorrow

No one expected this year to be as testing as it has been and few organisations were prepared for the financial difficulties, IT issues and security threats created by this new norm. With companies expecting 50% of their staff back in the office by September, the flexible approach to working from home is set to complicate networks further. The road ahead is challenging to say the least, says Ollie Sheridan, Security Principal at Gigamon, but, with network visibility as the cornerstone of their cyber-strategy, organisations can to optimise investments, adapt agilely and ensure protection in the next phase of the pandemic and beyond.

03 Sep: The Data Centre of Tomorrow

There is no doubt that data is one of the world’s most valuable commodities today. Across the world’s business hubs, data centre demand has been driven by the rapid adoption of cloud services and the emergence of digitally transformative business models born out of the Internet of Things (IoT). With sustainability now at the forefront of many people’s minds, it would be great to think that the data centres of the future will impact the planet far less than they do now. Philip Bridge, President, Ontrack thinks that remains to be seen.


LogicMonitor has announced it has achieved Cisco Compatible status for its Cisco SD-WAN integration. This certification validates that LogicMonitor’s innovative cloud-based platform has been fully vetted by Cisco and establishes LogicMonitor as a Cisco preferred monitoring partner for organisations deploying and managing sophisticated networks.


Q Associates, independent UK data centre infrastructure and data management services provider, has announced the acquisition of Apex Group, the Bracknell-based cloud and network services specialist. The combined company will employ around 80 staff, with turnover in the region of £35M.
In addition to specialist networking capabilities encompassing LAN, WAN and WiFi technologies, Apex Group brings a range of cloud migration and integration services with significant expertise around Microsoft Azure Cloud, Modern Workplace, Business Applications and Data Analytics.


Turret Group Limited is to defer Smart Buildings Show from 14-15 October 2020 to 6-7 October 2021. The show will continue to be held at ExCeL London.
Ian Garmeson, managing director of Turret Group, commented, “Following consultation with exhibitors and exhibition partners we have made the difficult decision to defer the event to next year. The main reason for this decision is that we want to continue to provide the best experience for both our exhibitors and visitors in a safe and secure environment.

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