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.

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.

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.

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

Chinese chequers

My thousands of devoted readers will recall the main reason why the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, placed a seven week moratorium upon endorsing any go-ahead for the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station. It was the overt horror of those charged with overseeing the nation’s defences, at the prospect of a Chinese government-controlled company owning 40% of a British nuclear power station.

A Turkey voting for Christmas?

Let us get one thing straight about Hinkley Point C nuclear station.  It does not follow that PM Theresa May’s approval to build means that we shall (in that immortal phrase ) definitely be cooking our Christmas turkeys with its power in 2025.

Chinese Checkmate

My many devoted readers will not have been as surprised as apparently everybody else was that a change of Prime Minister has led to a serious re-think about the security implications of the Cameron Government’s open-door policy towards Chinese nuclear investment.

Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector is poor. In 2014, 16% of private rented sector tenants in England experienced problems with electrical hazards, which equates to nearly 1.5 million people living with unsafe electrics. Coupled with the fact that 5,622 accidental domestic fires were caused by electrical distribution systems in 2014/15, the scale of this risk is greater than most people perceive.