2020 has got off to a flying start and it already feels like it could be a pivotal year for the colocation data centre sector. Those charged with managing and operating these facilities have a lot to think about at the moment, not least of all with the rollout of 5G and the growth of the internet of things (IoT), and it will be interesting to see how they react.


The need for due diligence when selecting a colocation provider has never been more important and it’s not a decision that should be taken lightly. We’ve asked Simon Bearne of Next Generation Data (NGD) to shed some light on the key considerations and you can read his advice by CLICKING HERE. Choosing wisely is vital, not least of all because digital transformation has the power to literally save lives. Tim Carter of Equinix looks at the role data centres will play in next generation healthcare and you can read his article by CLICKING HERE.


It’s no secret that data centres use a lot of electricity and have large carbon footprints. With the widespread emphasis on energy efficiency showing no sign of lessening, we’ve asked a panel of experts to examine whether The Green Grid’s Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric is losing its relevance when it comes to reporting energy use within data centres. You can read this month’s Question Time by CLICKING HERE.


Also in this issue, we focus on copper cabling, with two excellent articles on the subject. In the first, Stuart McKay of Panduit looks at how the built environment is going digital with power over Ethernet (PoE), while in the second piece, Matthias Gerber of R&M looks at whether there is a place for RJ-45 Cat.8 in the LAN. CLICK HERE to read Stuart’s article and CLICK HERE for Matthias’s.



Rob Shepherd Editor