What impact will telecoms have on smart grids?

17 June 2019

Paul Clark, director, energy & utilities sector SSE Enterprise Telecoms

Paul Clark, director, energy & utilities sector SSE Enterprise Telecoms

As the global demand for energy is expected to shift significantly over the next century, Paul Clark, director, energy & utilities sector SSE Enterprise Telecoms explores the vital role telcos play in transforming Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) into Distribution System Operators (DSOs).

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Team selection: which tech is premier league fit?

13 June 2019

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Sascha Giese, head geek, SolarWinds

The IT pro community is tasked with knowing which technologies will fit within the existing IT stack, which ones warrant the biggest investments, and which ones best support their organisations’ long-term transformation goals.

In fact, the IT pro’s role is not too dissimilar from a Premier League football manager selecting new players for their team.

IT pros are frequently inundated with claims of the most cost-effective and efficient solutions and, like football managers, they need to decide which players – or technologies – to put forward in order to keep their defence in tack, and better yet, find someone to score a goal.

 

 

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The future of monitoring: it’s time for infrastructure to take a back seat

13 June 2019

Martin Hodgson, head of UK and Ireland, Paessler

Martin Hodgson, head of UK and Ireland, Paessler

Today’s digital world is a challenging one.

In the world of IT, there is a certain expectation that a stable and seamless network monitoring experience will be provided.

To do this, IT departments need to be equipped with the right tools.

The industry must embrace and prepare for change if it is to adapt for the future.

In order to prepare for the future, we must first understand the changes that are taking place in IT operations now.

The first being virtualisation. We started with single bare metal servers running a few applications, to a single server running many virtualised “servers”.

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If there are smart cities, then what are dumb cities?

12 June 2019

Vin Sumner, founder and chief executive at Click and Links

Vin Sumner, founder and chief executive at Click and Links

In its broadest sense, a city is a place where people in many forms come together, as reflected in the Greek term “polis,” meaning “people”.

In this context, a city is a place where people come together to work, exchange, play and live side by side through a myriad of organisations and functions, comprising a city’s stakeholders.

A city is also an administrative entity within a geographic context, which is entrusted with authority from its in-dwellers to carry out activities contributing to their well-being. In this sense of “city”, people pay in the form of taxes to live within the city’s jurisdiction, to have a say in how the city is managed, and to make use of the city’s services.

As such, cities are also financial and governing bodies, and in-dwellers, as governed by the city, enjoy the status of “citizen”.

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Type 3 Surge Protection and the 18th edition

10 May 2019

Clive Merrell, manager, PDU Online

Clive Merrell, manager, PDU Online

Some 35 per cent of all surges are caused by lightning strikes, utility grid switching or heavy motor loads from nearby industry or even electrical accidents.

The remaining 65 per cent majority are therefore generated within our homes or work places. To provide protection against such events the recently published 18th edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) has stipulated that surge protection shall be provided on circuits in commercial and industrial installations. Consequently installing Surge Protection Devices (SPDs) in areas such as data centres has now become mandatory even if it has been the common practice.

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