Intelligent Data Centres Issue 43 | Page 5

EDITOR ’ S NOTE ello and welcome to

H the latest edition of Intelligent Data Centres where we explore some of the trends and developments raising their head across the industry . We hear from a number of experts who offer their best practice advice on various hot topics of interest .

On the cover this month , Alastair Basden , DiRAC / Durham University , Technical Manager of COSMA HPC Cluster , tells us how the university has selected Rockport Switchless Network for large-scale assessment on one of its DiRAC Facility HPC clusters . He also outlines some of the necessary priorities in the design and build of a data centre and how this contributes to uptime . This can be found on page 47 .
Another of our top stories this month explores some of the anxieties felt across the industry and sees experts in the data centre space offer their best practice advice , based on market reports , to address some of these pressing concerns for industry leaders . Find this on page 17 .
On page 29 , for our ‘ Editor ’ s Question ’ feature , experts offer their thoughts on how data centre demands are shaping the APAC market and how they are responding to its evolving success . Spokespeople include Sebastian Krueger ,
Vice President for Asia Pacific at Paessler ; Walid Issa , Senior Manager , PreSales and Solutions Engineering – Middle East , NetApp ; and Barry Lewington , Director , PTS Consulting .
‘ Expert Opinion ’ features Niall Killeen , Global Director , Building Commissioning , CAI , who discusses why sustainability initiatives are crucial to implement into the design phase of a date centre . He explains why this is so important and why it is ultimately the responsibility of data centre designers . This can be found on page 40 .
Data centre management is being heavily discussed across the industry , and on page 44 , Rowland Kinch , CEO , Custodian Data Centres , explores how data centre managers can meet the needs of their clients without compromising their environmental credentials .
To round off , Venessa Moffat , DCA Advisory Board Member , tells us how she landed in her role and how she likes to relax and unwind outside the office . More on this on page 64 .
I hope you enjoy the read and if you ’ d like to contribute to any upcoming editions , please do get in touch at alix @ lynchpinmedia . com
Alix Pressley Managing Editor www . intelligentdatacentres . com