Eliminating human error and maximising uptime are just two of the reasons why artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are the focus of so much attention within the data centre sector. However, while there’s lots of talk surrounding this subject at the moment, whether it’s translating into an equal amount of action is moot point.


Back in 2017 Gartner made the bold prediction that by 2020 30 per cent of data centres that fail to apply AI and ML effectively will cease to be operationally and economically viable. Here we are in 2020 and in order to assess whether this prediction was anywhere near the mark, we’ve asked a panel of experts to offer their views and predict what they think will be the long-term impact of AI and ML in the data centre. You can read their responses by CLICKING HERE.


On to buildings of a different kind and the rise of intelligent buildings continues unabated. This issue has two excellent articles on this subject and in the first Rob Kelly of Sudlows explains why we should aspire to construct even more intelligent buildings, while Kirk Krahn of Leviton Network Solutions looks at the vital role that correct cabling specification and installation plays in creating them. CLICK HERE to read Rob’s article and for Kirk’s CLICK HERE.


The importance of testing and test equipment should never be underestimated and you can
CLICK HERE to read Dan Barrera of Ideal Networks’ advice on overcoming everyday power over Ethernet (PoE) challenges. Mark Mullins of Fluke Networks then goes on to look at how the performance of a fibre link can be determined and how you can know if it’s ‘good’. CLICK HERE to read his comments.




Rob Shepherd Editor