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  • Opening Times Day 1 - 9:30-17:00
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You want to learn but you can’t make the scheduled course dates or it’s just not possible to block book several days out of your diary for training. Even if you can the prospect of returning home after a day in the classroom to spend the evening catching up on emails and messages is distracting.

Capitoline has addressed these issues by launching online data centre training at capitolinetraining.com. The courses are delivered ‘on demand’ so you can study at a time convenient to you. If you get interrupted you can come back to it later or even review the lesson again. Test your understanding with quizzes, make notes to review later or even ask the instructor questions if something isn’t clear. All the courses are animated with detailed notes and narration. A subscription gives you a full years access, plenty of time to complete the course.

There is a special 10% discount for Data Centres Ireland registrants until the end of December (use coupon code DCIreland at capitolinetraining.com)

Installing a Fire Suppression System to protect your Staff, Assets & Company Operations is an excellent step, but, it’s only the first!

All Fire Suppression Systems require planned, routine maintenance to ensure the system is as affective & compliant as the day it was installed.

KSS will work with you to draw up a Preventative Maintenance Programme that suits your needs, while ensuring all Maintenance & Testing is completed in a timely manner & adhering to all relevant Standards.

By developing a Fire Suppression P.M.P you are actively protecting the investment you’ve made & ensuring that your operation avoids unnecessary downtime caused by faulty or outdated Fire Suppression Equipment.

Talk to us today about our suite of services including;                                                        

  • Full Mechanical Inspections / Servicing                                                                       
  • Full Electrical Inspections / Servicing
  • Room Integrity Testing

For more Information contact alan@kssfiresuppression.ie

Delivering on-site power you can rely on within your timeframes

The shift from centralised energy production to reliable local distributed energy generation is enabling data centres to keep control and reduce costs, while strengthening operational resilience.

By using onsite gas generation to produce reliable high efficiency power supply, data centres can combat the increasing risk of grid-constraints, flexible MIC, supply disruption and price volatility, thus ensuring business continuity and improving competitiveness.

Proven capabilities

Centrica Business Solutions manages 600GW of on-site power and are market leaders in distributed energy – partnering with mission critical businesses and organisations across all sectors globally, including one in four of the FTSE 100. Our sister company Bord Gáis Energy supplies many Irish data centres with cost effective and sustainable uninterrupted power solutions. Our recent acquisition of CES Energy in Ireland is extending our capabilities.

 Complete project management

From designing and building energy critical facilities – to project planning and grid connection –through to optimising operation and maintenance – we offer complete lifetime project support. Our in-house capabilities mean that we can deliver competitive solutions to the tightest build programmes.

 Modular microgrids that grow with your power needs

Rapid digitisation of the economy, including the advent of 5G, is driving growing data centre power demand, which is expected to increase by more than 300% over the next 5 years. Centrica’s modular onsite generation technologies provide cost effective, future proofed solutions that overcome the problem of tight grid capacity.

We keep the power on 24/7, integrating renewable technologies, heat recovery and renewable gas with our high and medium speed gas generators and turbines. This provides the continuous steady and stable power supply that data centres rely on, while also allowing the data centre to grow without having to wait for power from the grid.  Onsite gas generation can also assist with flexible and dynamic grid supply.

 Flexible finance

While we can design, build and maintain your investment in onsite generation, we also provide a suite of flexible finance options, including Energy Performance Contracts, short term rentals and fully financed long-term solutions – all supported with comprehensive maintenance.

 Expert support

Contact us to see how we can provide resilient, high efficiency power solutions for your data centre. Call Brendan Marren on 353 87 977 1268 or email: centricabusinesssolutions@centrica.com

Further information: www.centricabusinesssolutions.com/ie/data-centres

For your chance to meet Centrica Business Solutions, Register today to attend DataCentres Ireland https://www.datacentres-ireland.com/registration/

CUBIC is an original equipment manufacturer of systems for switchboards, and MCC’s up to 1000V. The company was established in 1973 and from the outset has placed quality, resilience, and reliable deliveries as the heart of its philosophy. We continue to operate as an independent company providing versatile solutions to the electrical industry.

CUBIC assemblies are continuously tested in accordance with the demands in the IEC 61439 standard. Tests are carried out by independent bodies such as DEKRA.

The system has been verified together with a wide range of manufacturer’s equipment such as Schneider, ABB, Siemens, Terasaki, Eaton, Socomec, and Mitsubishi. The wide scope of the testing carried out enables our sustem assemblers to meet the requirements of the most demanding specification, whilst delivering a competitive design solution.

All CUBIC assemblers must complete the CUBIC Global Training Programme to ensure a common high standard of design and assembly. CUBIC partners can apply to be recognised as ‘Accredited Assemblers of the CUBIC System’, which serves as a reassurance to end users that the assembler has achieved a competent and consistent level of quality in their use of the system.

CUBIC always strives to ensure the competitiveness of our partners without compromising on the quality of the product. Hence, we continuously come up with solutions and initiative that enable our partners to present the best possible solutions to the end-user.

Example of this is their ready to use ACB circuit breaker connections and their flexible busbar connections cu-flex. Developed to ensure quick and easy installation.

Their newly introduced ACB connections completely removes the tedious and costly process of cutting and fitting own breaker connections. CUBIC had developed a series of circuit breaker connections, which are ready to use with no further processing needed.

Cu-flex has found applications in various places. Connections between busbar to busbar, busbar to electrical components. An innovative patented forged end of the cu-flex enables a highly and maintenance-free busbar connections.

For your chance to meet CUBIC – register today to attend DataCentres Ireland https://datacentres-ireland.com/registration/

Camfil was approached by a client in Stockholm to provide air cleaning solutions within an extensive Data Centre facility. They worked with the client to establish the level of air cleaning solutions required based on the floor plan taking into consideration the space, layout and usage of the area.

About the project: 

Based upon the client’s requirements, Camfil installed the CamCleaner 6000 which provides the optimum level of air purification for a space of this size.

The air cleaner was installed within the data centre which effectively lowered the cost of associated with Computer Room Air Conditioner (CRAC) Air Cleaning Systems.

CamCleaner 6000 is an air cleaner suited to dusty environments and large indoor premises such as the data centre and provided an ideal solution to the client’s requirements.

Advantages of the CamCleaner 6000:

  • Healthier employees
  • Less Cleaning
  • Removal of environmental impact
  • Clean products, fewer operational disruptions
  • Lower energy costs
  • Reduced the average temperature in rooms with high ceilings

Results: 

The client noticed reduced costs associated with CRAC (Computer Room Air Conditioner) air cleaning systems and the previously high maintenance costs associated with data centre plant and machinery were lowered.

Air recirculation via the CamCleaner cleans and also cools the plant in the server room. For every circulation of air through a CamCleaner unit, 3 circulations would be required using an HVAC system to match the efficiency.

About the CamCleaner:

The CamCleaner 6000 is an air cleaner suited to dusty environments and large indoor premises such as pharmaceutical facilities, food factories, heavy industry, paper mills, welding workshops, timber facilities, bakeries, packaging production, printing facilities, stables, processing industry, supermarkets and other specialist applications such as upgrading of clean room environments and other classified assembly environments.

Camfil air cleaners can be used in cleaning zones. This means that you can deliver extremely pure air to surfaces that are particularly sensitive while at the same time, other areas of the room can maintain a lower requirement level.

This saves money and at the same time, the number of operational disturbances caused by dirt and dust is minimised.

About the CamCleaner Range:

CamCleaner is a range of patented air cleaners with the most efficient HEPA filters on the market. They are designed to work as a supplement to existing ventilation systems and give reduced energy costs, most efficient production and a healthier work environment with less dust and fewer harmful particles.

For you chance to meet Camfil at DataCentres Ireland register today at https://www.datacentres-ireland.com/registration/

Enet has added six more data centres in Dublin to its national network.

By having the additional data centres it allows Enet to offer more options when it comes to dark fibre and managed bandwidth to its customers. This in turn will result in increased connectivity for consumers.

Enet is now connected to 25 data centres. There are also plans for Enet to connect even more data centres in the next twelve months.

The new data centres include four Equinix sites, Severcentric Blanchardstown and Keppel CityWest. Enet is also connected to datacentres around Ireland and in the UK.

This interconnected network allows Enet to offer secure, reliable and scalable high capacity connectivity between these centres. It in turn will also allow for diverse connectivity for mission-critical traffic, and also give customers more ways to route international traffic.

Acknowledgements/References:

Enet expands its data centre connectivity portfolio across Dublin

Datacentre power specialist’s latest poll on what the industry will look like in 2025 reveals a change in attitude from respondents to powering sites with renewable energy, and shines a light on how its looming skills crisis is developing

What constitutes a datacentre is becoming an increasingly complex question to answer as the variety of deployment types and use cases continues to grow, data from Vertiv suggests.In an update to a piece of research that the datacentre power equipment supplier conducted five years ago, it polled 800 professionals employed in this field and found a huge variation in the types of facility they work in today compared with the previous survey.

The initial survey quizzed datacentre workers on how they thought the datacentre industry would change in the decade up to 2025 from a market forces and technology perspective.

The updated report aims to see how close to reality some of these predictions are proving so far, while shining a light on some of the emerging and previously unforeseen trends that are affecting the datacentre industry in 2019.

Chief among the changes is the growing variety of facilities that respondents may find themselves working in during 2019 compared with five years ago.

“Today, when we say datacentre, it is necessary to specify exactly what type of facility we are talking about,” says the report.

“Is it the high-performance computing facility with rack densities approaching 50kW? The hybrid enterprise datacentre that is increasingly managing resources across cloud, colocation and multiple distributed sites? Or is it those distributed sites themselves, which are becoming more critical as service and applications move closer to users?”

Just under half of respondents (48%) said they worked in “on-premise, core enterprise/private cloud environments”, while a further 20% said they were employed in managed or colocation facilities.

The remaining datacentre professionals said they worked within high-performance computing(15%), public cloud/hyperscale (10%) and edge environments (8%).

All of these environments are considered datacentres, and while there are some similarities in the types of equipment these sites are kitted out with, the physical characteristics of these sites are all very different, says the report.

“While technologies such as servers, infrastructure systems and management tools have advanced somewhat predictably, the nature of what constitutes a datacentre has changed dramatically,” it adds.

And while the variety of facilities that fall under the datacentre banner has increased, as time goes by, they are expected to be increasingly interdependent and function together to ensure that end-users’ increasingly high performance and availability demands around digital services are met.

Renewable energy usage rates under revision

Since the last survey was conducted, the datacentre industry has experienced huge growth, fuelled in no small part by growing enterprise demand for cloud services, and the growing creep of digitisation within society at large.

As a result, the amount of power the sector consumes has increased steadily, and respondents to the 2019 report have lower expectations than the original participants about how big a role some types of renewables will play in the energy mix used to keep their facilities up and running.

“Compared to 2014, participants projected a lower percentage of total datacentre energy to come from solar, natural gas, nuclear and wind,” says the report.

For example, in the 2014 survey, respondents predicted that 22% of datacentre energy would come from solar sources and 12% from wind farms by 2025, which the 2019 report authors describe as “unrealistic”.

The 2019 respondents predicted that 13% of datacentre power will come from solar sources by 2025, and 8% generated by wind farms – targets that the authors claim the industry is still unlikely to hit.

“This year’s numbers for solar and wind seem more realistic, although still ambitious,” says the report. “We are likely not close to advancing at a pace that would put us on course to meet even those reduced projections, although precise numbers on the use of renewable energy in datacentres are hard to find.

“While solar and wind technologies continue to advance in terms of capacity and cost competitiveness, distribution and reliability challenges have limited their application in the datacentre.”

At the same time, however, respondents’ expectations about how widely used hydroelectricity will become within the datacentre industry are extremely optimistic, with participants tipping the technology to become the largest energy source for the industry by 2025.

Elsewhere in the report, respondents shared their thoughts on how the datacentre industry’s ability to attract and retain staff in the coming years is likely to fare, given that the 2014 report suggested the sector was at significant risk of a “brain drain”.

In fact, just 56% of participants in the 2014 survey said they expected to be still working in the datacentre industry by 2025, and 23% said they expected to have retired by then.

In the updated report, 70% of respondents said they expected to be still working in the industry by 2025, and 16% expected to have retired by then.

While the numbers are better this time around, the report authors caution against gleaning too much positivity from them, given that there is shorter period of time between now and 2025 compared with when the original research took place.

“With the labour market already tight in some key markets, the potential to lose 16% of the workforce to retirement could impede the ability of organisations to adapt to changing requirements,” says the report.

“On the other hand, it is also driving more operators to normalised designs and the application of rapid deployment configurations that require less intellectual capital to deploy and support.”

For your chance to meet Vertiv at DataCentres Ireland register online today at https://www.datacentres-ireland.com/registration/

Reference/Acknowledgements:

https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252465655/Growing-diversity-of-datacentre-types-revealed-in-latest-Vertiv-2025-market-predictions-study

TEGG Service is a comprehensive energised testing solution, used to carry out safe and effective tests in mission critical facilities worldwide.

The service has been running since 1992 and ensures compliance with the current Irish electrical testing legislation along with the US standards NFPA 70b & NFPA 70e

TEGG Service consists of a thorough visual inspection, ultrasonic testing and analysis, thermographic testing, along with a detailed voltage and current analysis.

Cumulus Networks, a leader in building open, modern and scalable networks, has announced version 2.0 of NetQ, a highly scalable modern network operations toolset delivering real-time actionable insights and operational intelligence about the health of data centre networks — from the container, virtual machine, or host, all the way to the switch and port.

As the next level of visibility into Cumulus Linux, NetQ provides fabric-wide visibility, full life-cycle management, closed-loop automation and is one step closer along the journey to intent-based networking. With a new graphical user interface (GUI), preventative validation and open API integrations, network operators can easily build open, scalable infrastructure, troubleshoot and achieve clear network visibility – reducing costly business disruptions.

Combined with the threat of network outages, the widespread adoption of microservices, containers and virtual machines has added a new layer of complexity in the data centre, resulting in a strain on traditional networks and the need for operational simplicity within the data centre.

In order to ensure the data centre network is behaving as intended, obtaining a holistic view of the network is critical. While existing tools only scan infrastructure every 15 minutes, NetQ takes an always-on approach using a scalable data ingestion engine with real-time collection and processing of the data, without burdening the network.

NetQ performs three primary functions:

  • Data collection via real-time and historical telemetry and network state information
  • Data analytics leveraging robust algorithms
  • Data visualisation through a rich GUI for actionable insights

With NetQ, network operations change from a manual, reactive, box-by-box approach to an automated, informed and agile one greatly reducing network downtime and freeing up network operators time.

“CEOs are increasingly viewing infrastructure as a strategic resource to their business and having a direct view across the network enables teams to prevent outages achieving an even greater ROI from their data centre,” said Josh Leslie, CEO of Cumulus Networks. “NetQ is built for the modern, automated cloud network and gives network operators the comfort to identify, embrace and simply operationalise data centre networking.”

Running on Cumulus Linux switches and other Linux devices – such as Ubuntu, Red Hat and CentOS hosts – NetQ captures real-time telemetry and network state information, providing cloud architects and network operations teams the ability to process and visualise data to operate with a complete understanding of the status and performance of their network.

An essential tool for any network operator, NetQ 2.0 features and capabilities include:

  • New graphic user interface (GUI) and command-line user interface (CLI) to simplify operations and increase efficiency
  • Cloud-scale architecture that offers massive horizontal scaling, which parallels the largest cloud companies
  • Real-time telemetry to drastically reduce time and effort required to find and resolve network issues
  • Deep analytics with L1-L3 insights, including a network overlay view for actionable insights that provide visibility into and intelligence about the health of the network
  • Any-Linux data aggregation delivers more real-time and historical data than any other operations tool set with a view that extends from the container, virtual machine, or host, all the way to the switch and port
  • Rest APIs for extraction to a wide variety of third-party tools for development of desired integrations, offering unparalleled flexibility
  • Diagnostic troubleshooting with validation, trace and proactive alerting
  • Kubernetes deployment monitoring providing impact analysis and complete end-to-end visibility

Cumulus Networks is the open networking provider for over 1,500 companies globally and a third of the Fortune 50, such as Adobe, Box, Dreamworks and PayPal. NetQ 2.0 is currently available.

 

Amazon has announce that it is set to invest in a second win energy project in Ireland. The wind farm will be based in County Cork and will provide 23.2MW of renewable capacity, generating 68,000MW hours of clean energy annually.

Amazon’s first Irish wind energy project, in Meenbog, County Donegal, was announced back in March and is now being developed by Invis Energy.

The electricity that is generated by the win farms will be used to supply the company’s Amazon Web Services data centre in Ireland, which provide cloud based services business all over the world. (For your chance to meet AWS, register today to attend DataCentres Ireland 19).

“Major investments in renewable energy are a critical step to address our carbon footprint globally. We will continue to invest in these projects, and look forward to additional investments this year and beyond”. said Kara Hurst, Director of Sustainability, Amazon.

Richard Bruton the Minister of Communications, Climate Action and Environment said “This project is another example of AWS’s commitment to renewable projects imn Ireland, adding clean energy to the grid, and supporting Ireland’s climate commitments”.

The construction of this project is set to begin later this year and the wind farm is expected to being contributing to Ireland’s renewable energy capacity by 2020.

If you are interested in meeting AWS – register today to attend DataCentres Ireland on 19-20 November 2019. https://www.datacentres-ireland.com/registration/

Acknowledgements/References:

https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2019/0801/1066445-amazon/

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