FLEXENCLOSURE REFLEXIONS

Four Trends for Data Centres in 2016

25th February 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

21st January 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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The Economics of Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)

26th November 2015

PUE has been an important metric in the data centre world for some time now.  Companies running data centre facilities typically strive for the lowest PUE they can achieve in order to reduce their operating costs and promote their green environmental credentials.  My colleague, Srikanth Murugan, recently demonstrated how to cut through the marketing hype…

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Five Keys to ICT Project Success in Developing Nations

16th November 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

28th October 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

19th August 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

3rd August 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

9th July 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

23rd June 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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Go Modular for Maximised Data Centre Agility

13th June 2015

The vast majority of today’s data centres have significantly underutilised power systems.  Why?  Because nobody wants to run short of power.  So when power systems are specified it’s often done on the assumption that the facility will ultimately have a full compliment of racks all running the power-hungriest equipment possible.  And then of course some…

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