Data

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It’s official – the future belongs to Artificial Intelligence (AI). That’s according to the world’s best player of probably the world’s most complex game. Ke Jie, 19, was speaking before his match against AlphaGo AI, in a three-match series of Go. The ancient (2,500+ years old) strategic board game involves two players, with the aim of encircling the other’s territory. Its complexity stems from the fact...

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Guest blog: Omer Wilson, Senior Director of Marketing for the Asia Pacific region at Digital Realty. Digital Realty supports more than 2,000 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of Data Centres located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to energy. manufacturing, gaming, life sciences and consumer products. We’ve entered...

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The European Union has launched a consultation on the usage of big data among businesses, to decide if it warrants ‘further regulatory or supervisory actions’. Currently big data and analytics falls under data protection, competition and consumer protection laws, which companies managing EU consumers’ data are required comply with. However, the exponential growth in big data application, granularity, and usage (a predicted 44 zettabytes by 2020)...

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DigitalCentre2020 Steering Committee guest blog: AMS-IX. Established in the early 1990s as a not-for-profit organisation, AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is a neutral and independent Internet Exchange based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. If you’ve been on holiday in Europe this summer, you were probably a lot less shocked by your phone bill when you returned. You can thank the EU for that. Earlier this year, new rules capped...

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Retail is a sector in the eye of a disruptive technology-driven storm. There are the ever-growing channels for customers to compare, test and buy products and services, some serving as beacons that guide shoppers around physical shops, pointing out special offers. There’s also ongoing talk of drones as a way of delivering packages. These innovations show where the battle for winning customers is at: customer experience. This...

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Andy Murray has just conquered the grass courts of Wimbledon for the second time in his career, emulating the last British player to win consecutive Wimbledon titles – Fred Perry in 1936. Of course, in the interim 80 years the game has evolved dramatically. However, the biggest recent change has arguably been around data. These days, players step out onto the court after analysing opponents’ data...

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Legacy debt, also known as technical debt, is a familiar problem facing data centre and IT heads. On-premises architecture, requiring extensive maintenance, becomes out of date. However, because investment has been made and because organisations are now using the related systems, it becomes harder to move away. Operating expenditure continues, and IT professionals carry on spending time maintaining and troubleshooting. As a result, investment in new...

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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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Guest blog: Mark Cooper, Chief Commercial Officer, AMS-IX Responsible for the management and development of AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) marketing, sales, business development and customer service teams. Twitter: @mccoopernl LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mcamsix As a stock trading firm you operate in a very volatile market. You have to immediately respond to what you see and make the right choice at the right time. You completely rely on accurate and real-time data. And...

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