Author: DC2020

Last month’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) showed television fans have lots to look forward in 2016. Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) TVs, which switch off pixels during dark scenes, heightening contrast to unprecedented levels, grabbed many headlines. High Dynamic Range (HDR) was a phrase commonly heard on many manufacturers’ stands. HDR will make screens even more vibrant, and shadows even more complex. And Samsung announced unveiled its...

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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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The DigitalCentre2020 concept incorporates many aspects. From data and smart technology, to infrastructure and driverless cars. While resources such as blogs and white papers tell a story, sometimes video is the best medium for communicating this vision. With that in mind, here are a series of vlogs. They feature Ricky Cooper, VP at Digital Realty, one of the world's leading data centre providers and a Steering Committee founding...

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connected consumer goods

Many people by now have some level of awareness of The Internet of Things (IoT), if not first-hand experience. Most newspapers have featured stories about connected products. Washing machines that send notifications when a part needs renewing. A kettle that boils based on your estimated waking time. Lights that switch on when you arrive. So what’s the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) all about? Simply, it’s IoT...

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autonomics

The way computers manage themselves is being redefined. Here's why. Back in 2001, IBM launched its model of autonomic computing. It was based on the human body’s autonomic nervous system, which regulates unconscious bodily functions. The type of things that you do without thinking about it, such as breathing and digestion. What’s changed is the advance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cloud computing. Autonomic computing was traditionally...

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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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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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