By Jason Juley

Third platform technologies and big data are core drivers of converged infrastructure, pre-configured systems, optimization and virtualization. In turn, all are driving dramatic changes to how IT is provisioned, deployed and consumed. Managing these changing IT landscapes simultaneous with ensuring business continuity, optimizing cost and mitigating risk requires careful planning and a coordinated approach.

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?  

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