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JULY-AUGUST 2021 ISSUE

Summer is finally here! But while many of us aren’t jetting off to milder climes as traffic lights halt holiday travel, at least our industry is beginning to look forward, holding a proactive stance rather than the reactive one held since the pandemic hit.

Our editorial programme for this issue features the focus themes of zero-carbon, sustainability and data centre cooling. We have articles covering how implementing and capitalising on the sustainable data centre can actually help to stimulate economic growth, while we consider other options the data centre industry can take to tackle climate change.

In other articles we demystify the specification of UPS li-ion batteries in mission-critical systems and look at how networking teams have had to solve a whole new world of problems in the past year or so. We also have a great article on how hybrid learning activities have had to make use of transformational AIOps in IT monitoring to secure and improve the learning experience of university students.

Security remains an important factor in handling data. How do businesses choose a data centre partner? Should experience be a key priority? We look at how data-centric strategies can protect data throughout its entire lifecycle and the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE). We also consider if the workforce can help to fight against malicious email attacks and discuss how innovative technology can overcome challenges associated with cost, power and performance to ensure the second wave of 5G is a success.

Wherever you go on your holidays this Summer, enjoy this issue of Networks Europe.

Stay safe and well.

Laura Vallis
Editor
Networks Europe magazine

THE FEATURES INCLUDE:

FOREWORD

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

LIQUID COOLING SUSTAINABILITY GAINS – ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND DATA CENTRE WASTE HEAT RECOVERY
David Craig, CEO of Iceotope explains how implementing and capitalising on the sustainable data centre can help to stimulate economic growth while causing the least amount of harm to the planet.

FIBRE OPTICS FOR THE CLIMATE
Robert Merki, CTO, R&M believes that when it comes to protecting our atmosphere, fibre optics for your broadband is a good choice.

EDGING CLOSER TO 5G WITH EDGE DATA CENTRES
To match the performance expectations of 5G applications, the network needs both centralised large-scale data centres and small de-centralised edge data centres (EDCs), located much closer to end-user devices. Andreas Sila, VP Market Management, Data Center, HUBER+SUHNER discusses the options.

LEGACY DATA CENTRE MODERNISATION IS KEY FOR SUSTAINABILITY
As the industry focuses on becoming more sustainable, Andy Connor, Channel Director, EMEA, Subzero Engineering, believes beginning with legacy facility modernisation holds the key to its success.

DATA CENTRE TRANSFORMATION: EMPOWERING A CULTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY
Sustainability has become one of the key market differentiators within the data centre sector with many providers making great strides in their sustainability ambitions, but what other actions can the sector take to slow the effects of carbon emissions? Rob McKernan, Senior Vice President, Secure Power Europe Region, Schneider Electric investigates.

TRENDS THAT WILL SHAPE THE DATA CENTRES OF THE FUTURE
Data centres are vital to the continuity of daily operations in businesses. Alan Hayward, Sales & Marketing Director at SEH Technology believes that now is the time for the data centre sector to take the lead when it comes to tackling climate change.

DEMYSTIFYING SAFETY FOR UPS LI-ION BATTERY SYSTEMS
Gareth Hackett, Saft’s expert in large-format lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, explains how to specify Li-ion batteries in mission-critical UPS systems for data centres that provide safety as well as performance.

THE WHEELBARROW EFFECT: CLOUD SECURITY UNDER PRESSURE
While the ‘wheelbarrow effect’ is likely to exist for as long as digital transformation accelerates, Ryan Sheldrake, Field CTO EMEA, Lacework says it is key that teams remember that moving non-cloud-native applications into the cloud environment will only open the door to more risk.

HOW YOUR NETWORK BECAME “THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE” AND HOW YOU CAN FIX IT
When COVID-19 hit, virtually all users left on-premises overnight to work from home. Networking teams immediately had to solve a whole new world of problems – from connectivity, to performance, to security – within what Hansang Bae, Field CTO at Netskope calls a ‘Network Bermuda Triangle of Uncertainty’.

SUPPORTING HYBRID LEARNING: THE KEY LIES IN ADVANCED IT MONITORING
As universities look to deliver a seamless digital experience to their students, their IT teams must make use of transformational AIOps in IT monitoring to maintain organisational performance and secure the hybrid learning experience of students. Article by Daniela Streng, VP & GM EMEA at LogicMonitor.

THE PERVASIVENESS OF DATA AND DATA-CENTRIC SECURITY STRATEGY
Adam Strange, Global Marketing Director at Titus, by HelpSystems, illustrates the pitfalls of information security architecture and explains how shifting to data-centric strategies will protect data at file level throughout its entire life cycle.

A SAFE PAIR OF HANDS – WHY EXPERIENCE IS CRITICAL IN CHOOSING A POST-COVID DATA CENTRE PROVIDER
How do businesses go about choosing a data centre partner? Darren Watkins, Managing Director for VIRTUS Data Centres asks what should they prioritise? And is experience a key priority?

CLOUD CONNECTIVITY: WHY MOST UK BUSINESS LEADERS HAVE TURNED TO NAAS
With cloud technology playing such a vital role, organisations must now turn their focus on optimising their investments in the cloud. Eric Troyer, CMO at Megaport says that to do so, many organisations are looking to Network as a Service (NaaS) providers for their expertise in cloud connectivity.

DECEPTIVE EMAIL ATTACKS ARE ON THE RISE – THE WORKFORCE IS THE KEY TO FIGHTING THEM
Lior Kohavi, Chief Strategy Officer & EVP Advanced Solutions, Cyren takes a look at how to defend against malicious email attacks.

KNOWLEDGE GAPS AROUND SASE MAY HINDER BUSINESS PROGRESS
The shift to remote working saw a rise in platforms to facilitate virtual operations and, in response, businesses began adopting technology solutions to strengthen their cybersecurity stance and improve network performance. Michael Wood, CMO at Versa Networks, looks at one of these solutions – the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE).

THE CHALLENGES OF MONITORING 5G NETWORKS
Rick Fulwiler, Chief Solutions Architect at NETSCOUT looks at how network operators are faced with the question of how to construct a 5G strategy that maximises the benefits while minimising the challenges and risks.

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY DRIVES RAPID DEPLOYMENT OF NEW 5G PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND BUSINESS MODELS
With 5G offering so much potential, Brendan Farley, VP Wireless Engineering & MD EMEA at Xilinx asks if the industry can overcome the challenges associated with cost, power and performance to ensure the second wave of 5G is a success?

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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JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2021

Data Centre of Tomorrow
Power Distribution
Smart Energy

Copy deadline – 18th January
Publication date – 8th February

MARCH / APRIL 2021

Racks and Enclosures
Cold Aisle Containment
Security

Copy deadline – 12th March
Publication date – 6th April

MAY / JUNE 2021

UPS/Power
Sustainability
Structured Cabling Systems

Copy deadline – 14th May
Publication date – 8th June

JULY / AUGUST 2021

Containerised Data Centres
Zero Carbon
Cooling

Copy deadline – 16th July
Publication date – 10th August

SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2021

Smart Buildings
Data Erasure
Power Management

Copy deadline – 17th September
Publication date – 5th October

NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2021

Cable Management Systems
Future Proofing the Data Centre
Energy Management

Copy deadline – 19th Nov
Publication date – 7th December

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