Mar 23, 2021

SilverEdgeDC launches with M4 Corridor in Swindon

Sam Steers
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The Data Centre organisation announced the launch of their Swindon site yesterday and is currently building up a portfolio of locations across the UK...

Data specialist and colocation provider SilverEdgeDC has opened its first data centre in Swindon as part of its relationship with the M4 Corridor. 

The location for the data centre, Swindon, was chosen due to the company’s position in the M4 Corridor which is near London and several other tech organisations.

SilverEdge DC’s strategic investment will aim to support edge computing and follow other high-profile companies who may be looking to also open data centres in the area.

The company’s plan is to utilise the excess power supply used by towns on the outskirts of the area to allow it to offer more competitive prices to its clients, whilst still keeping high levels of efficiency and security in mind. 

The success of the plan aims to create more jobs and provide further support to infrastructure in emerging areas. 

Speaking about the launch, recently-appointed Managing Director of SilverEdgeDC, Gregg McCulloch, said: "Data centres are absolutely integral to the UK's infrastructure and SilverEdge DC has ambitious plans to become a significant player in the market over the coming years.

“This is the start of a strategic investment for us in edge sites up and down the country. We will be targeting locations on the outskirts of major centres across the UK which will allow us to offer a high calibre, secure offering at competitive prices”, he said.

Mr McCulloch added that the company is “extremely pleased” that their Swindon site is operational, and they “look forward to bringing other centres online in the coming months."

Providing a total space of 37,000 square feet and the claimed availability of 7.5 MVA of power, SilverEdge also offers customers carrier neutral connectivity via Tier 1 and Tier 2 networks. 

Gregg McCulloch believes that all decisions will affect independent businesses positively, stating: “We believe that all strategic business and IT decisions should have a positive impact on each individual company's business drivers.”

He goes on to say that “this is why SilverEdge focuses on transparency, flexibility and agile solutions to allow the customer to have as little or as much control as they like."

Having previously operated as Eduserv, the data centre arm of Jisc, SilverEdge was used by public sector clients and now hopes to offer hosting and colocation service catering for official information assets. 

SilverEdge DC says that these assets also include ones marked with the official sensitive handling caveat, whilst any other security needs can be dealt with separately.

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Jun 20, 2021

Schneider Electric reveals new IT Innovation report

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Schneider Electric has released the Digital Economy and Climate Impact report revealing new innovations for sustainability and resiliency in data centres

Schneider Electric has released a new IT innovations report titled “Digital Economy and Climate Impact”, with the aim of gaining an understanding of how digitised and smart applications will be powered in the future. The company says that the report predicts that IT sector-related electricity demand is expected to increase by almost 50% by 2030. 

Despite this, the report also shows that emissions would not increase by more than 26% by the same year, following the decarbonisation of the electricity system. In an attempt to reduce this rise in emissions the Schneider Electric TM Sustainability Research Institute recommends continued efforts in achieving efficiencies on the IT and energy sides at both the component and system levels. 

The report highlights how the rise of edge computing technologies require a “specific focus” due to these systems being less efficient than hyperscale data centres. “When the world locked down, it also logged on and internet traffic soared,” said Pankaj Sharma, EVP, Secure Power, Schneider Electric. 

“It’s misleading to assume that digital activity will inevitably result in a deeply problematic increase in CO2 emissions. The analysis from the Schneider Electric Sustainability Institute puts to rest many of the worst-case scenario claims predicting IT-related electricity use will double every five years. That said, as an industry, we must remain vigilant in finding new sources of sustainability gains while ensuring resiliency as digital keeps life moving forward”, he added. 

As well as the release of the report, Schneider Electric also announced several updates to its EcoStruxure IT data center infrastructure management software, Galaxy VL 3-phase uninterruptable power supply (UPS), introducing an industry-leading single-phase UPS, the APC™ Smart-UPS™ Ultra. All introductions are designed to advance the industry forward in meeting sustainability goals while increasing the resiliency of IT and data centre infrastructure, the company said. 

Managing hybrid data center and edge IT environments

Also showcased in Schneider Electric’s report are the increasing demands on digital consumption. According to the company, these create a more complex hybrid environment inclusive of enterprise, cloud, and edge data centres. Addressing the unique management challenges of a hybrid IT environment, Schneider Electric has announced updates to its EcoStruxure IT software to increase efficiency and resiliency, including:

  • Increased remote management capabilities: New granular remote device configuration features enable users to change configurations on one or more devices – including the new Galaxy VL and APC Smart-UPS Ultra single-phase UPS units – from one centralised platform with EcoStruxure IT Expert. This update, combined with previously released software insights on device security health, enables the user to identify faulty devices or configurations and address them in a matter of clicks, keeping their hybrid IT environment secure.
  • Improved environmental monitoring: Environmental monitoring systems ensure users have eyes and ears on data centre and IT deployments from anywhere, anytime. With this update, users can push mass configurations remotely for NetBotz cameras 750 and 755 quickly and efficiently increasing security across the critical infrastructure.
  • Enhanced remote capacity modeling and planning: With EcoStruxure IT Advisor’s new capabilities, users can remotely compare an unlimited number of racks and easily identify available capacity, view what assets are deployed and their dependencies.

Sharma concluded: “Schneider Electric has been focused on sustainability for the past 15 years and was recently named the most sustainable corporation in the world. We have embraced the mindset that future innovation will deliver better efficiency across the broader connectivity landscape. By making smart intentional choices, our industry can help mitigate how much electricity and emissions result from the rising appetite for digital technologies”.

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