Intelligent Data Centres Issue 35 | Page 6


UTC Heathrow launches first data centre focused curriculum for 14 – 19-year-olds


T he University Technical College in Heathrow ( UTC Heathrow ) has unveiled its much-awaited exclusive new Digital Futures Programme .

Developed in collaboration with leading industry organisations , the Digital Futures Programme allows students to gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to thrive in technical careers within the data centre sector . This sector is currently experiencing unprecedented growth , which is only set to continue , but is facing an ongoing skills shortage .
This new programme will help to future-proof the industry by inspiring a new generation to join it and enjoy a rewarding career .
The programme curriculum has been carefully designed in close collaboration with global industry organisations : CNet Training ( CNet ), VIRTUS Data centres , CyrusOne , CBRE , Amazon Web Services ( AWS ), LMG , ARK Data centres ( Crown Hosting Data centres Limited ) and Yondr , who have all committed funding and resources to the programme to guarantee students receive a first-class technical education .
The idea for the Digital Futures Programme came from a meeting between Andrew Stevens , President and CEO of CNet and the Baker Dearing Trust , an organisation which develops UTCs . Stevens said : “ The skills gap is not getting any easier for the digital infrastructure industry . We all need to work together and do it in a way that will make a real difference at a time when young people need inspiration , support and the opportunity to secure a career with huge opportunities .”

Wasabi Technologies launches London storage region

asabi Technologies has announced the opening of a

W new storage region in London that will expand the availability and speed of services throughout the UK .

Building on strong momentum for Wasabi in Europe following a major distribution partnership with Exclusive Networks , one of Europe ’ s largest cybersecurity distributors , the London site also accelerates the company ’ s rapid global expansion with plans to open additional storage regions in the next year .
Located in the Equinix Data Centre in London , the new storage region marks Wasabi ’ s first in the UK and second in Europe , following the opening of Amsterdam in Q1 2019 .
With this location , Wasabi delivers high-speed network access from multiple carriers , making it easy for UK customers to connect to Wasabi hot cloud storage .
It also offers enough power and space for additional growth , as Wasabi scales to meet the increasing demand for storage across the UK while adhering to local data protection laws during the Brexit transition period .
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