Magazine

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2021 ISSUE

 

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS.

As we move into the festive period, our thoughts are leaning towards a bit of a break, a few days off with the family and maybe a glass (or two) of Christmas cheer. 

However, the Networks Europe team have noticed that our readers don’t seem to be slowing down just yet. Our news desk is inundated with stories, press releases and thought leadership articles. In fact, we’ve had so much being sent to us that we can’t fit it all in this magazine! 

Not that we’re complaining. There’s no Grinch here, so please keep sending your stories in. It’s so great to hear that our professionals are constantly looking at how to overcome challenges with new, innovative ideas and can see the many opportunities to develop and enhance the performance of the data centre and networking industry.

In October, the UK’s commercial smart buildings event, Smart Buildings Show, welcomed visitors back to their two-day, free-to-attend conference and exhibition. The Networks Europe team attended the show which featured industry-leading speaker sessions and panel debates from some of the sector’s most renowned brands. In this issue, we review the show.

We look at the challenges for cabling and network solutions and why we should design in latency at the start of building an organisation’s infrastructure.

We investigate how Tamper Resistant Elements (TRE) can help the IoT achieve its potential and why containment has a vital role to play in addressing the fact that edge data centres need to provide a highly efficient and sustainable IT environment. We discuss how NetOps and automation do not replace human expertise and how organisations can enhance resilience by adopting NetOps.

One of our focus themes in this issue is how to future-proof your data centre. We have articles from ABB, Custodian Data Centres and SEH Technology on that subject matter.

Another focus theme is sustainability. It’s vital that we have ‘green’ strategies in the data centre industry. We have features on how to ensure sustainable growth for Europe’s data centre market from Aggreko and how to prepare for a green recovery by transitioning to smart grids from Schneider Electric. Men&Mice discuss why sustainable networking is the answer for any network manager, while Zizo looks at why some local authority carbon-neutral strategies are actually adding to, and not reducing their carbon footprint. npower Business Solutions (nBS) explains why sustainable on-site generation is a must for data centres.

On the same theme, Aruba takes a closer look at how the sector is minimising its environmental impact and Lantronix questions how IoT and smart city technology will make it possible to sustain growth.

Wishing you all some time to relax whether you have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or Happy Holidays. There’s a lot to read through in this magazine so take it easy, have a couple of mince pies on standby and read at your leisure! We’ll see you in 2022! 

Laura Vallis
Editor
Networks Europe

THE FEATURES INCLUDE:

 

FOREWORD

NEWS
The news desk highlights some of the latest industry stories.

DEVELOPMENTS, OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR CABLING AND NETWORK SOLUTIONS
Michiel Panders, R&M General Manager Europe excl. DACH looks at why it’s more important than ever to make informed decisions to bring fibre closer to workplaces and end-users and increase the bandwidth of WiFi access points.

DESIGN IN LATENCY AT THE START TO ENHANCE APPLICATION PERFORMANCE AND USER EXPERIENCES
David Coffey, Chief Product Officer, NS1 discusses why low latency must be regarded as a feature that is built into an organisation’s infrastructure from the start as superior performance is critical to the end-user experience. 

TRES AND THE IOT: ENABLING A TRUSTED CONNECTED FUTURE
Trusted Connectivity Alliance (TCA) and IoT Security Foundation share a common vision: to secure the IoT and drive sustained growth through trusted connectivity. Claus Dietze, Chair of the TCA Board, explains how Tamper Resistant Elements (TRE) can help the IoT achieve its potential. 

THE ROLE OF CONTAINMENT IN MISSION-CRITICAL EDGE DEPLOYMENTS
Gordon Johnson, Senior CFD Engineer at Subzero Engineering on why containment has a vital role to play in addressing the fact that edge data centres need to provide a highly efficient and sustainable IT environment.

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Scary backup stories are not just for Hallowe’en. Richard Root, Digital Marketing Specialist, ATTO Technology suggests we gather round and read these three real-life, backup horror stories!

DEBUNKING THE MYTHS: NETOPS AND AUTOMATION DOES NOT REPLACE HUMAN EXPERTISE
Alan Stewart Brown, VP of EMEA, Opengear looks at how organisations can enhance resilience by adopting NetOps: an approach that embeds a growing amount of automation, virtualisation and orchestration, to make networking operations and functions faster and more accessible.

THREE WAYS TO FUTURE-PROOF YOUR DATA CENTRE
Dave Sterlace, Head of Technology at ABB Global Data Center Solutions, takes a look at three key trends instrumental in delivering the data centres of the future.

FUTURE-PROOFING THE DATA CENTRE
For today’s operators, future-proofing the data centre covers a broad spectrum of requirements. Rowland Kinch, CEO at Custodian Data Centres discusses how the continued pace of change and scale in the industry means that data centre providers are having to think forward to stay in the race.

FUTURE-PROOFING DATA CENTRES WITH DONGLE SERVERS
Alan Hayward, Sales and Marketing Manager at SEH Technology looks at how rapidly advancing trends and increasing business demands have put pressure on data centres to keep up with technology.

ENSURING SUSTAINABLE GROWTH FOR EUROPE’S DATA CENTRE MARKET
Amid a growing market, it is critical to partner with a supplier that can keep pace with net-zero carbon emission goals. Billy Durie, Global Sector Head for Data Centres at Aggreko, discusses how operators can ensure they rise to the data centre sustainability challenge.

PREPARE FOR A GREEN RECOVERY BY TRANSITIONING TO SMART GRIDS
The energy sector is increasingly under pressure to deliver solutions as the UK bears down on its 2050 net-zero emissions target. David Hall, VP Power Systems, Schneider Electric believes that by transitioning to smart grids we can better prepare for a green recovery.

SMALL BUSINESSES: THE FUTURE OF THE NEW NORMAL
Rob Hancock, Head of Platform, Giacom explains why SMBs are the future of the new normal and what the channel can do to enable and equip this growing sector more effectively.

THE COMPOUNDING BENEFITS OF SUSTAINABLE NETWORK MANAGEMENT
Magnus Bjornsson, CEO of Men&Mice discusses why sustainable networking is the answer for any network manager interested in the effortless transfer of data, seamless migration between platforms and uninterrupted service as they onboard a recent company acquisition.

NET-ZERO: RESILIENCY AND RELIABILITY
Anthony Ainsworth, COO, npower Business Solutions (nBS) explains why sustainable on-site generation is a must for data centres.

WHY IOT AND SMART CITY TECHNOLOGY WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO SUSTAIN GROWTH
For all its potential, building and maintaining smart cities is not without its own challenges. Xavier Dupont, Senior Director Product Line, at Lantronix, highlights what these challenges are and how to overcome them.

LOCAL AUTHORITY CARBON-NEUTRAL STRATEGIES ARE ADDING TO, NOT REDUCING, THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Peter Ruffley, CEO, Zizo explains why switched-on authorities should consider pragmatic, tactical and low carbon alternatives that leverage Edge computing to deliver immediate insight, control and results.

IN THE LIMELIGHT: GREEN DATA CENTRE OPERATIONS
It’s no surprise that going “green” is top of the agenda for many data centre providers. Fabrizio Garrone, Aruba representative on the Board of Directors of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact takes a closer look at how the sector is minimising its environmental impact.

EIGHT TRENDS IN CLOUD COMPUTING TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2022
As 2022 approaches, Amir Hashmi, Founder and CEO of zsah, a managed IT and cloud solutions provider lists eight trends expected to continue into the new year.

SMART BUILDINGS SHOW
The UK’s commercial smart buildings event welcomed visitors back to their two-day, free-to-attend conference and exhibition. Held at ExCeL London in October, the show featured industry-leading speaker sessions and panel debates from some of the sector’s most renowned brands. The Networks Europe team attended the show this year.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS
We take a quick look at some of the industry’s movers and shakers, including new appointments, promotions and personnel changes.

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