Securtiy

Lock up your data!

08 November 2018

With the subject of network security continuing to dominate the IT agenda, RAHIEL NASIR looks at some of the latest solutions to help safeguard enterprise data.

It is the number one topic in the IT industry: network security. Hardly a week goes by without splash headlines screaming about yet another data breach.

For instance, even as I write, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has just fined Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) £120,000 for failing to ensure that the personal data held on its network was properly secured.

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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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