Author: DC2020

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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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For many IT professionals, the Big Data revolution demands a new direction in data centre technology… How old is your data centre? Probably not as old as ENIAC, the first data centre. The Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer was launched in 1946, at a cost equivalent to $6 million. Primarily designed to calculate artillery firing tables for the US army, it could be re-programmed to solve a “large class...

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Businesses relying on in-house or on-premises data centres risk struggling to find the same level of success as competitors who have begun their cloud transformation Traditional data centres are typified by static, CapEx-heavy, siloed infrastructure. Rather than being the hub of innovation and a centre of excellence in technological advancement, IT finds itself playing catch-up. Reactive rather than proactive. Barely able to keep up with the...

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