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FEATURE BLOG 1 November 2017

The extraordinary lengths Internet giants are having to take to guarantee power

Over the past few months, three or four news stories have crossed my desk that make me think we could be at a major tipping point for the data center industry. The problem is, from what I’m reading, it’s tipping in the wrong direction, and for possibly the wrong reasons.

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Sustainability | Power | 1 November 2017

The extraordinary lengths Internet giants are having to take to guarantee power

Over the past few months, three or four news stories have crossed my desk that make me think we could be at a major tipping point for the data center industry. The problem is, from what I’m reading, it’s tipping in the wrong direction, and for possibly the wrong reasons.

Written by Adam Nethersole

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Research | Life Sciences | 22 October 2017

Improving Disease Diagnosis with Machine Learning

Driven by the ever-increasing availability of medical data – including X-rays and MRI scans, blood tests, biopsy results, and epidemiological data – machine learning is beginning to take on a new role in the doctor’s arsenal, helping to diagnose diseases and disorders with greater reliability and accuracy. Lets look into this in more detail...

Written by Spencer Lamb

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Sustainability | Finance | 21 October 2017

Profitable Investing While Saving the Planet, the Ultimate Win-Win

Decades of academic research has backed up findings that the business case for ESG investing makes sense. For example when UK’s RBS won ‘Bank of the Year’ in the Better Society Awards 2017 it said its employee engagement programme to improve sustainability generated a 5% average electricity reduction and the bank expects to save £3m in energy costs this year. Lets look into this in more detail...

Written by Adam Nethersole

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Data Center | 13 October 2017

Why can't the US government close its data centers?

US Government agencies are accountable and have stringent budgets. And they also have racks and racks of dedicated in-house servers. They ought to be gaining masses of savings through tidying them all away - but it seems they aren’t. Let’s try and understand why.

Written by Peter Judge (Guest)

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Finance | 11 October 2017

Financial Services - Accelerating Deep Learning Through Cost-Effective Infrastructure

Exploiting deep learning opportunities in finance could turn out to be very costly, but firms could get better results by tapping specialist data centers.

Written by Stef Weegels

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Data Center | 9 October 2017

AI and Edge Could Usher in a New Era of Liquid-Cooled Data Centers

A proliferation of new workloads could drive greater adoption of direct liquid cooling technology in High Performance Compute environments and beyond.

Written by Andrew Donoghue (Guest)

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Tech Trends | Sustainability | Insights | 6 October 2017

Barcelona - How Smart Technology is Underpinning an Urban Tech Revolution

With family in Barcelona it regularly gives me the chance to go and visit this fantastic city. On recent trips there I’ve started to notice the tremendous advancements being made to propel Barcelona into the forefront of the ‘smart city’ movement. The interface between social geography, sustainability and technology is a really interesting one and Barcelona is rightly considered to be at the cutting edge of this progression.

Written by Adam Nethersole

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Insights | 5 October 2017

The Customer's Voice is all Powerful

I have noticed of late that the power of social media is undoing a great deal of the myths and common beliefs about companies and the way they treat their customers. No longer can companies rely on the power of a loyalty card which locks you in to a repeat purchase. Customers are now taking to Twitter, Instagram and other media to vent their wrath and obtain justice or expose poor service.

Written by Tom Squirrell

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Data Center | Power | 3 October 2017

From power protection to life without a UPS

For decades, data centers have (metaphorically) lived and died by the reliability of power. No power, no data center, no work. High performance computing (HPC) and acceptance of electrical interruptions during some types of applications is leading to a reconsideration of the need for power protection.

Written by Doug Mohney (Guest)

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HPC | Tech Trends | 26 September 2017

Today's HPC Forecast: "Clear, becoming mostly cloudy, then largely clearing again”

Early HPC occurred on the first-generation supercomputer mainframes from the likes of Cray and CDC. They solved computationally intensive tasks in various fields, including quantum mechanics, weather forecasting/research, oil and gas exploration, molecular modeling and physical simulations like below example of finite element crash simulation

Written by Bob Fletcher

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Data Center | Tech Trends | Power | 26 September 2017

Rising energy demands - Can we blame end users?

Recent research has found that data centers have not been burning energy as rapidly as people feared. The growth isn’t out of control right now, but this may be just a temporary stabilisation, before a new period of growth. This time around, before any surge hits, we need to be prepared.

Written by Peter Judge (Guest)

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Insights | 22 September 2017

Lucky

Some people might be surprised to learn that since finding my first one in a vast clover patch in rural Missouri over 40 years ago, I have found hundreds, if not thousands of four-leaf clovers throughout my life. But does this ability to stumble across evolutionary evidence of change actually mean that I am lucky? I honestly don’t think so. But as with most superstitions, there is likely a little more to the story than just luck.

Written by Tate Cantrell

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Data Center | Industry | 19 September 2017

What's the real risk?

Natural disasters happen but it’s how we prepare to mitigate the risk associated with them that defines how our businesses and customers will succeed or fail. This is especially the case for the data center industry.

Written by Tom Squirrell

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Tech Trends | Insights | High Tech | 15 September 2017

5G and Edge Computing Need the Data Center

The wireless industry is betting hard on 5G’s multitude of promises of low-latency, high-bandwidth and the ability to address millions of unique devices. AT&T's latest press release ties 5G into the cloud (data center) as a new and unique feature to change the way the world operates. But it's not really new.

Written by Doug Mohney (Guest)

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Industry | Tech Trends | High Tech | 13 September 2017

Spotting Elephant Computer Applications

Since joining Verne Global I’ve been recalibrating myself to spot hugely compute intensive applications - the ‘Elephants’ of the application Serengeti - which would benefit from a Nordic data center’s free air-cooling and abundant, low-cost renewable power.

Written by Bob Fletcher

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