data centres

The centre of attention

08 October 2018

According to UKFast, there are three vital factors that make a “great” data centre: fire suppression; a high level of organisation and cabling standards; and power supply plus redundancy.

According to UKFast, there are three vital factors that make a “great” data centre: fire suppression; a high level of organisation and cabling standards; and power supply plus redundancy.

How do data centre providers differ from one another and what are the key characteristics you need to look for when choosing a supplier and services? RAHIEL NASIR finds out.

The colocation data centre market in Europe saw “exceptional” growth during the second quarter of this year and is set to have a “mammoth” year, according to CBRE.

In its EMEA Data Centre MarketView for Q2 18, the company – which claims to be the world's largest commercial real estate services and investment firm – said that 177MW of new colo supply will be brought online during 2018, and that take-up during the first half of the year hit record levels at 87MW.

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CPR

Connecting with the law

30 August 2018

A year after the EU’s Construction Products Regulation came into force, how can you tell if you’re on the right side of the law when it comes to data networking cables? RAHIEL NASIR finds out.

The EU’s Construction Products Regulation (CPR) came into full effect on 1 July 2017. Regulation 305/2011 lays down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products.
 
It states that construction works as a whole and in their separate parts must be fit for their intended use, taking into account in particular the health and safety of persons involved throughout the life cycle of the works. 

Those “separate parts” include power, control and communication cables which, amongst other things, must follow stringent guidelines in terms of fire and smoke safety.

 

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network monitoring

Joining the dots

17 July 2018

When asked exactly what should be monitored on the network, many specialist vendors say the answer is simple: everything. For example, ExtraHop claims its platform uses real-time analytics to auto discover and classify every asset in the enterprise, map all connections and dependencies, and monitor traffic flow at up to 100Gbps.

When asked exactly what should be monitored on the network, many specialist vendors say the answer is simple: everything. For example, ExtraHop claims its platform uses real-time analytics to auto discover and classify every asset in the enterprise, map all connections and dependencies, and monitor traffic flow at up to 100Gbps.

When it comes to network visibility, a good monitoring platform should start with the needle and not the haystack, according to one specialist firm we spoke to. RAHIEL NASIR finds out more.

Many network managers have a lot more than usual on their plates at present. 

As well trying to lasso networks that seem to be carrying a non-stop supply of traffic fed by an ever-growing number of devices (both authorised and unauthorised), there’s the never-ending quest to keep on top of security issues, facilitating ongoing digital transformations as well as other projects, and all while dealing with day-to-day issues and trying to please the taskmasters.

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