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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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Data world

It's time for data centres to start reimagining the future – today. Because next-generation business requires next-generation infrastructure. Faster connections, more secure networks and increased power. Fast-forward to the year 2020 and view the future of the data centre in a Digital Centre era: (click for larger version or download pdf, 1mb) ...

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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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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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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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