With the coronavirus pandemic redefining how we work and live, those responsible for designing, specifying, operating and maintaining data centres are at the sharp end. Our reliance on technology and the internet has increased considerably in the last few months, so we have assembled a panel of industry experts to examine whether greater demand for data storage, production and processing will accelerate the adoption of edge data centres. You can read what they have to say on the subject by CLICKING HERE.


Also in this issue, we have a special feature dedicated to converged network infrastructures. Andreas Rüsseler of R&M looks at how the cloud, software as a service (SaaS), 5G, the internet of things (IoT), edge data centres and intelligent buildings have changed the network landscape, while Lee Funnell of Siemon and Phillip Meese of Lightware UK take a look at the fascinating world of audiovisual over IP (AV/IP). CLICK HERE to read Andreas’ article and CLICK HERE for Lee and Phillip’s.


Enclosures, racks and cabinets have a good claim to being the unsung heroes of enterprise and data centre network infrastructures, and in this issue we celebrate their immense contribution. Emma Ryde of Rittal explains how modern enclosures, racks and cabinets are meeting the needs of the many and Justin Bewick of Dataracks examines how manufacturers are reacting to the increased use of cloud based platforms and video conferencing software when creating new products. CLICK HERE to read Emma’s article and CLICK HERE to read Justin’s.


I hope you enjoy this issue of Inside_ Networks and if you’d like to comment on any of these subjects, or anything else to do with enterprise and data centre network infrastructures, I’d be delighted to hear from you.


Rob Shepherd Editor