Datum at Data Centre World 2024

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About Data Centre World

Last week, we took a team of our most tech hungry colleagues to Data Centre World at the London ExCel. Data Centre World is part of Tech Show London which encompasses five industry-leading events including Cloud Expo Europe, DevOps Live, Cloud & Cyber Security Expo, Big Data & AI World and Data Centre World.

Why we took part

Data Centre World is the world’s largest global gathering of data centre specialists, engineers, innovators and business leaders and we were treated to two action-packed days of ground-breaking tech reveals, insightful talks from global pioneers – including a fantastic keynote delivered by Professor Brian Cox, and plenty of networking opportunities.

This year’s event was bigger than ever with over 15,000 attendees alongside 300+ exhibitors, and it was a big year for Datum too, as our very own COO Matt Edgley took to the stage to speak at two separate panel sessions. We were thrilled to see packed out theatres for both these sessions and received some insightful comments and thought-provoking questions from audience members. Thank you to everyone who joined us.

Day 1 - The Data Centre Dilemma: Building vs Renting - Navigating Risks and Rewards

During this panel, Matt was joined by Villie Xeni, Operations Manager PM for MiCiM Ltd and Chris Orlando, Founder of DDC Cabinet Technology in a session that was moderated by Keysource COO Jon Healy. Together the panel explored the critical factors that organisations must consider when choosing between constructing their own data centre or opting for a leased solution, looking at considerations such as the advantages and risks of building a customer data centre including upfront capital costs, construction timeline, scalability challenges.

Day 2 - DCA Interview : Heat Re-Use (a Case Study)

Day 2 saw Matt join Keysource COO Jon Healy once again, in a session which was focused around our project to build a new data centre in Manchester with heat re-use capability. Facilitated by the Data Centre Alliance, this panel was moderated by David Gyulnazaryan and discussed the ideas and processes behind our new facility – MCR2 – looking at areas such as planning, why we are progressing with a heat re-use project, and who the recipients of our heat re-use scheme will be. The panel also talked about the wider topic of sustainability and the social and environmental benefits of data centre heat recycling – for example, the potential reduction of fossil fuel consumption on a city scale, Energy Reuse Efficiency (ERE) and the financial side of that symbiosis, CO2 emissions savings and the social impact of a stable and reliable source of heating for the local community.

You can watch a recording of these session here.

Data Centre World 2024 provided a great opportunity for our team to join the industry conversation, network with colleagues old and new and take part in insightful debates and discussions around everything from sustainability and data centre design and build, to edge computing, physical security, AI and more … even black holes, quantum computing and the benefits of exploring the universe!