Author: DC2020

Data world

The world’s population is increasing. The United Nations forecasts a figure of 9.6 billion by 2050, up from just over 7 billion currently. This will require a 70% increase in food production, according to the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations. How will this be achieved? Increasing agricultural output in one option. Then again, in a world of finite resources it’s not really a long-term solution...

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Drone technology is still a relatively recent phenomenon. But they’re fast becoming a “must have” accessory for many technophiles. Maplin has sold more than 17,000 models in the past 12 months – doubling their year-on-year sales. You may even have seen the amazing YouTube video of a drone flying through fireworks on New Year’s Eve: Drones regularly appear in the news, as people still get to grips...

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Digital Realty, DigitalCentre2020's founding Steering Committee member, has announced the acquisition of Telx, a data centre solution provider fuelling infrastructure, interconnection and business progress. "Now, the new Digital Realty is building a unique ecosystem of open solutions powering customer growth through exceptional service, adding to a foundation of unrivaled real estate expertise", explains Digital Realty CEO William Stein. Full story...

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What does the explosion in data means for the future of sport? Will talk of players being on a “hot streak” or “in form” still be the norm by 2020? Or will post-match analysis be based on machine learning and predictive analytics? And instead of a team’s success being attributed to players or management, will it come down to whose data centre can deliver real-time strategical and tactical...

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Dr Watson is a new addition to the north American medical profession. But unlike other graduates who have undergone years of training, Dr Watson did things differently. Because Dr Watson is a computer. Watson, IBM’s supercomputer, is a cognitive computing system. That means instead of being programmed to complete a function, Watson learns from experience – data – in order to improve its decision-making processes. Watson...

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Four clouds floating

What does the cloud mean to you? With so many definitions and interpretations, sometimes it’s difficult to know what's best. Here we examine the four main types of cloud, their advantages and disadvantages, and give our predictions for the future. 1) Private cloud The cloud is owned and controlled by your business. Infrastructure, resources, monitoring tools and automated services are allocated solely for your requirements. This level of...

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City image with a world map as the background

The smart city concept is no longer the stuff of sci-fi. Technologists are connecting the virtual world to the physical, delivering real-time services that adapt to real-time situations. So what, you may be thinking. This is old news in the IT industry. What’s new is how this will impact on society’s understanding, and its usage, of data. Because until relatively recently, if you asked a member...

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What will the term Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) mean in five years’ time? Particularly if you’ve migrated to the cloud or a Digital Centre? There’ll be no more traditional licensing, installation or infrastructure. On-premises and hardware costs will be reduced; infrastructure is managed by a third party. And if the third party has thousands of customers, this leads to substantial economies of scale in terms...

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What would life be like inside a Digital Centre? DigitalCentre2020 took a trip into the future, to the year 2020, to talk to a Digital Centre manager. “Back in 2015, when I was working in a data centre, I could see how things were developing. The growth in data was placing incredible demands on our infrastructure. End-users expected – deserved – real-time customer services, from any device....

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Storage is still the key issue facing data centre managers today. And demands are only going to grow. Analysts predict 44 trillion gigabytes of data will be produced by 2020, up from 4.4 trillion gigabytes in 2013. Analysts will need to access these data sets faster. Services will need to be configured more securely. The Internet of Things will see data flood in from an...

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