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At a recent event I sat down with Kevin Brown, Chief of Technology and Innovation for Schneider Electric’s IT Division, and we covered a lot of ground talking about how increasingly widespread adoption of cloud services is impacting the way companies are having to adapt to meet their data center infrastructure requirements.

Olson Electronics has recently released its new website to enable purchasing of its products online for the very first time. The website is a significant improvement from their previous version and has been released in-line with their 55-years of British manufacturing celebration. With Olson being the market leader of PDUs and highly regarded within the industry, I can already see this will be welcomed by all of Olson’s current and future customers.

And then there were five?

Just as I predicted last month prime minister, Theresa May, is planning to place a price cap on all tariffs operated by the Big Six electricity companies. In the past I have joked, given Npower’s precipitate loss of market share, whether that title shouldn’t be altered to the Big Five-and-a –half.  But I am now beginning to wonder whether that “and-a-half” description may soon be too generous.

Human comfort is affected by thermal factors; physical factors and personal factors. Another factor that can affect human comfort is the visual of the room and its light intensity. Paul Jones, BEG sales director for UK and Ireland, explains

According to research, exposure to natural daylight can increase productivity, reduce stress and improve sleep and circadian rhythms which improves the overall health and wellbeing of individuals in the workplace. Exposure to natural sunlight is also thought to increase the brain’s release of the hormone serotonin. This is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused.

Patrick Donovan is a senior research analyst for the Data Center Science Center at Schneider Electric. He has over 20 years of experience developing and supporting critical power and cooling systems for Schneider Electric’s IT Business unit including several award-winning power protection, efficiency and availability solutions. An author of numerous white papers, industry articles, and technology assessments, Donovan's research on data centre physical infrastructure technologies and markets offers guidance and advice on best practices for planning, designing, and operation of data centre facilities

Early this morning as I sat here in New England with shovelled snow almost to the window sills, I came across an interesting article. It talked about the Danish practice of hygge (pronounced ‘HUE-gah’; which is their time-honored means of coping with long, cold, and dark winters.  In Denmark their hours are marked by dreary and cloudy conditions 64% of the time and is never hot.  As psychologists know well, long periods of cold and dark can lead to feelings of isolation and depression.  Yet despite the odds being stacked against them by Mother Nature, the Danes somehow manage to rate themselves as being the happiest country in the world.  How is this so?  

There’s no doubt that Cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital services are some of the hotter topics today. Add in big data and analytics, machine to machine (M2M) data and artificial intelligence and you’ve pretty much got all of the major technology trends facing us today. So it came as no real surprise that most of these terms were all liberally sprinkled into questions I was asked to field during the recent introduction of StruxureOn in the UK and Ireland. Henrik Leerberg, director of marketing and strategy for data centre managed service & software at Schneider Electric explains

Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds

By the time you read this, it seems highly likely that Prime Minister Theresa May will be celebrating nine months in office, by intervening overtly in the prices that energy firms can charge their householders. And receiving congratulations from the tabloid newspapers for doing so.

By Stewart Langdon MSLL, business development director, Mackwell Electronics

So, the scene has been set, we have our smart tool, the phone or tablet; we have Apps and we have wireless, 4G and other smart networks which is great news, but what does it really give us? Well to be honest, this is where the hype kicks in and perhaps the confusion. For a definition of the Internet of Things I refer you to this definition from Wikipedia; the Internet of Things is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as ‘connected devices’ and ‘smart devices’), buildings and other items embedded with electronics, software sensors, actuators and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data

Netwise Hosting is an innovative and forward thinking company, and one of London's leading data centres. Based in central London, their facilities and systems have been designed and built in-house, allowing for strong working relationships with all the technology suppliers, not least EcoCooling. Netwise have just completed their second EcoCooling installation within their estate, This case study documents these first 2 phases and possible future plans.

If you were to tell your boss a fifth of your output was being wasted and could not be accounted for, I doubt they would be too impressed. Where would you think the wasted output was coming from? Most managers would blame human error in their workforce, but they could be jumping to conclusions. Here, Keith Armstrong, global electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) expert at EMC Standards looks at a case where radio frequency interference (RFI) had a significant detrimental impact on a business

Managing director of Napit Certification, David Cowburn, discusses the release of the long awaited Bonfield Review and how its recommendations will improve energy efficiency in the UK and encourage the uptake of renewable technologies. Napit managing director of Standards David Cowburn explains