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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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What will the world’s roads look like by 2020? In the top 10 cities for traffic congestion, rush hour journeys take twice as long on average. Emissions are forcing governments to take drastic action. It’s clear something has to give. Enter the smart car At CES 2016 Toyota unveiled plans to deploy Livio’s SmartDeviceLink (SDL). SDL is a system for connecting drivers to their vehicles via apps, voice...

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This year, 72 billion wearables have been shipped worldwide. By 2019, this is forecast to reach 156 billion. The resulting explosion in data volumes will ask serious questions of data centre infrastructure. So what's the answer? Google Trends showing increase in searches for “wearables” The early days Smartbands were many people’s introduction to wearables. Measuring things like heartbeat, sleeping patterns, movement. All great, but mainly appealing to the health and fitness...

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Over the next three years, Cisco expects 59% of cloud workloads to be Software as a Service. By 2020, IDC predicts cloud will be “the new way business is done and IT is provisioned”. And in 2022, Gartner forecasts 60% of office workers will be using cloud office systems. Here are seven reasons this growth will have a major impact on data centres: Virtualisation As legacy systems expire,...

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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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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 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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