Batteries for Hybrid Off-Grid Power –
Five Key Questions you Should Ask

22 marzo 2016

In backup applications for telecom sites in developed markets with stable grids, battery operation is a well-understood topic with expected battery lifetime of more than ten years.  However, for telecom sites in emerging markets with very unstable or no power grids at all, things are not quite so straightforward… In these scenarios, batteries are typically…

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Four Trends for Data Centres in 2016

25 febrero 2016

The proliferation of smart handsets, constant rollout of new applications and the on-going expansion of mobile networks into previously under- or entirely un-served communities in developing nations is driving exponential data growth that shows no signs of abating any time soon. To cope with this data boom, increasing numbers of new mega data centres are…

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The Importance of Reliable Fuel Monitoring for Hybrid Power Systems

21 enero 2016

With generators powering most of the telecom sites in Africa, diesel is the number one factor driving operational cost.  Obvious questions result:  How much diesel is any given site actually consuming?  When is it time to refill?  Is fuel consumption in line with the expected performance of your installed power solution?  Is there an issue…

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Aspectos Económicos del PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness)

26 noviembre 2015

El PUE ha sido una métrica importante en el mundo de los centros de datos desde hace tiempo.  Las compañías que operan centros de datos normalmente tratan de conseguir el PUE más bajo con el fin de reducir sus costos operativos y promover acciones sustentables hacia el medio ambiente.  En su artículo “Las Cinco Preguntas…

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Five Keys to ICT Project Success in Developing Nations

16 noviembre 2015

With the data boom in parts of Asia and much of Africa continuing to grow exponentially, business opportunities in the ICT sector have never been more exciting.  However, they have probably never been more challenging either, and deployments that would be considered relatively straightforward in much of the western world face more onerous obstacles in the…

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Five Questions You Should Always Ask About PUE

28 octubre 2015

Developed by The Green Grid, PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) is a very useful metric for measuring the energy efficiency of a data centre.  PUE is simply calculated by dividing the overall power entering the facility by the power consumed by the IT load within it – the target being to get as close as possible…

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Three Ways to Use Solar Energy for Data Centres

19 agosto 2015

“Energy efficiency” is undoubtedly a watchword in the data centre industry.  Many ICT companies now have corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes focussed specifically on reducing their data centres’ carbon footprints and every data centre operator wants to be able to promote the fact that their data centre is green. Of course there are a number…

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Top Five Considerations for Successfully Deploying Data Centres in Emerging Markets

3 agosto 2015

When traveling across sub-Saharan Africa, commodities that are essential for life – such as water and electricity – are often in very short supply.  But even in the remotest of villages you will regularly encounter plenty of people using mobile phones, and mobile cell towers are continuing to pop up all over the continent at…

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Why Standard Data Centre Designs Don’t Work

9 julio 2015

Fast deployment time versus traditional brick and mortar facilities is one of the biggest advantages of prefabricated data centres.  Time can be saved in many areas of a project, however, when it comes to the actual initial design phase, it simply doesn’t pay to take shortcuts. One such shortcut used by many containerised data centre…

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The Five Key Questions to Ask When Designing
a New Data Centre

23 junio 2015

When considering what you need in a new data centre, it’s very easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and get caught up in the minutiae.  The resulting design can often end up being far from ideal, causing delays while it gets reworked or, worse still, significant long-term problems if it actually gets built. …

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