The coronavirus pandemic is having an unwelcome effect on the way that we interact socially, as well as in our working lives. Fortunately, many of us are able to go some way towards business as usual thanks to remote working and online communications. 20-25 years ago the situation would have certainly been very different and while we all hope that things return to ‘normal’ as quickly as possible, this horrendous situation highlights the positive role connectivity plays in the modern world.

 

In an industry where constant change and unpredictability are two key factors which make it so interesting, it is truly amazing that some comments made in 1965 by Intel’s Gordon Moore have had such longevity. Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on a chip doubles every two years. However, all good things must come to an end and it has been suggested that it is now longer relevant. In order to assess whether this is the case we’ve asked a panel of experts to offer their views, and you can read their responses by CLICKING HERE.

 

The reaction to the recent BBC documentary – Dirty Streaming: The Internet’s Big Secret was very interesting. Whatever your views about the programme, it is clear that the role of data centres and IT in the climate change debate has now gone overground. In the interest of balance, perhaps it is time that the industry’s trade bodies and associations stepped up to address some of the claims made – what do you think?

 

Power usage is certainly an area of continual innovation and this issue has two excellent articles on this subject. In the first Marc Garner of Schneider Electric explains how to drive efficiency within power infrastructure, while Keith Stewart of Networks Centre examines the adoption of lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), and how they are being used in edge computing applications. CLICK HERE to read Marc’s article and for Keith’s CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

Rob Shepherd Editor

 

 

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