Can storage ever be installed and forgotten?

19 January 2022

Even the most stable and reliable storage systems still require some degree of maintenance. Many may believe that firmware updates, software updates and replacement of failed storage components can never be avoided. Really? This does not have to be so, here is a storage system example that has been running for four years without any need for maintenance or unexpected downtime.

Back in 2017, Toshiba installed a ZFS storage system supporting storage infrastructure needs of the “Technology Experience Lab” at NTT Global Data Centers. Since then, the storage system has proven its outstanding reliability: except for a scheduled 10 minutes of downtime to install some additional ZFS features, the system runs steadily without component failures in any of the 60 HDDs, SSD, controllers, power supplies, fans, cables or other components.

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Edging IT

13 December 2021

John Hall, managing director – colocation, Proximity Data Centres

John Hall, managing director – colocation, Proximity Data Centres

Performing much of the data processing, control and management of local applications in edge colocation data centres allows latency to be reduced and application responsiveness optimised. At the same time, data transit costs can be significantly reduced by eliminating the need to send everything back to centralised clouds – often hosted in large data centres located hundreds of miles away.

Minimising latency is increasingly essential to enabling almost everything: enterprise productivity, efficiency and competitive advantage; customer experience; 5G mobile network coverage; super-fast streaming video; real-time AI/MLL decision making in industrial automation and medical environments; driverless vehicles and much more.

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AtlasEdge acquires 12 Colt DCs across Europe

10 December 2021

AtlasEdge, the recently formed joint venture between Liberty Global and DigitalBridge, has acquired 12 European sites from Colt Data Centre Services (DCS). The portfolio includes data centres in 11 tier one and tier two markets in London, as well as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris, and Zurich. AtlasEdge said it now operates more than 100 data centers across eleven countries in Europe. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Colt has six remaining facilities across Europe; two each in London and Frankfurt, Germany; and one each in Paris, France, and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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Custodian to build 10MW data centre in Kent

10 December 2021

Custodian Data Centres has announced plans to build a new 10MW facility in Dartford, Kent. Known as DA2, the data centre will be located outside southeast London and is due to open in Q2 2022. Once all three phases of the build are completed, the 2,500 sqm (26,900 sq ft) facility will be designed to host up to 800 racks. “Uptime, digital security and energy efficiency are shaping the business environment,” said Rowland Kinch, CEO of Custodian Data Centres. “At Custodian, we believe that our service-first ethos offers a step-change for the data centre market, and that our new DA2 facility offers a competitive choice for organisations looking to step away from the crowded London Docklands. Founded in 2009, Custodian currently operates five data centres across London and southeast England, including one in a former TV studio.

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