The Data Centre Opportunity for Cable Landing Stations

13th September 2017

The first ever submarine cable – laid in the English Channel in 1851 – heralded a new era of communication.  And nearly 170 years later the world’s oceans are now crisscrossed by hundreds of thousands of kilometres of cable – long enough to get to the moon and back, and with plenty to spare! There…

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Africa Needs Data Centres Fast. Here’s the Solution…

21st August 2017

Every day people around the world generate 500 million tweets, post 4.3 billion Facebook messages and make 6 billion Google searches.  And these numbers are growing, driven not least by Africa’s relatively young population which, in the last 18 months, has seen a huge 47% increase in active mobile social users. Of course social media…

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Prefabrication – The Winning Formula for Edge Data Centres

29th June 2017

Speed to data.  That’s what it’s all about.  In a world where data is being increasingly generated and demanded planet-wide rather than just in the Tier 1 cities, the winners in the colocation and cloud services race will be the companies that can deliver data the fastest to end users worldwide. But here’s the issue……

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Still keeping your hybrid power systems indoors? It’s time for change…

3rd April 2017

Mobile telecommunications network equipment is expected to work without issue 24/7.  There is no compromise on this, which is why transmission equipment, BTS systems, RF equipment, etc., are designed, tested and built for operation in the most demanding of environmental conditions. This is especially important in the developing world where the weather – particularly heat…

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What Makes an “Ideal” Data Centre?

15th February 2017

Data centres come in all shapes and sizes, their designs driven by a multitude of factors.  These can be highly disparate, from the purpose it is used for; to the physical environmental it is located in; the materials it’s constructed of; or even who it is designed – global colocation companies, cloud computing specialists, telecom…

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Rectifier Failure in Emerging Markets – A Thing of the Past?

16th January 2017

Many emerging markets are plagued by bad AC power due to unstable power grids, faulty grid stabilisation equipment and old or poorly maintained gensets. This is fundamentally different from the power issues typically observed in more developed markets, so it’s hardly surprising when power conversion electronics designed for developed markets commonly fail when used in…

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Three Critical Uses of Data for Off-Grid Telecom Power

16th December 2016

Consumers in off-grid areas are rapidly increasing their use of mobile Internet services.  At the same time they not only expect service to become more reliable, but they also want network coverage to expand and prices for mobile data plans to decrease too.  This is a big ask for mobile operators struggling to achieve base…

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Prefabricated or ISO container – which way for ultimate data centre flexibility?

16th August 2016

In a previous article I looked at the pros and cons of prefabricated construction versus traditional build for ultra-high performance data centres.  Well the jury is in on this question and it is clear that traditionally built brick and mortar data centres are increasingly a thing of the past, while prefabricated facilities represent the future…

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Prefabricated Construction or Traditional Build for Ultra-High Performance Data Centres?

28th April 2016

The modern datacentre is a fully integrated machine. Systems that previously simply co-existed under the same roof are now expected to work seamlessly together, and with the growing importance of DCIM ultra fine-tuning of a data centre’s performance is the new norm. At least this is how it should be.  But while the individual components…

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

22nd March 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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