The Moment for Regenerative Digital Infrastructure has Come
Sustainable Data Centres, Part IV
Author: Ian Bitterlin In this fourth and final article of the series, we move our discussion to the impact that Utility power has on data centres and, increasingly often, the impact that data centres have on national grids and their need to de-carbonise.
Sustainable Data Centres, Part III
Author: Ian Bitterlin In Part II of this series, we considered the first step towards sustainability: reducing load.
Sustainable Data Centres, Part II
Author: Ian Bitterlin The first step in achieving a sustainable energy system is to reduce the energy demand.
Sustainable Data Centres, Part I
Author: Ian Bitterlin The data centre 'industry' has reached a strange positioning on 'greenness,' 'zero-carbon,' and 'sustainability.'
Competence is the new Charisma
Author: Dr. Terri Simpkin We’ve all seen them. We’ve probably all been somewhat inspired by them and conferences and professional events often provide a premium platform for them.
The New Datacenter Boardroom
Author: Peter Hannaford Peter Hannaford, Senior Partner at Portman Partners, describes the data centre leaders of tomorrow and how they must be the embodiment of the solutions to today’s challenges.
Convergence of Data Centres, Subsea & Terrestrial Fibre
Author: Vinay Nagpal The ongoing resurgence of the subsea cable industry, representing upwards of USD 10 Trillion in daily transactions over these networks, is more than triple of what the United States spends on healthcare annually (Source: FCC).
Q&A with Paul Cutcliffe, Portman's Newest Partner
Author: Portman Partners Portman Partners recently spoke with its newest partner, Paul Cutcliffe about transitioning to focus on the data center industry in the midst of a pandemic.
Don't Let It Pass Them By - By Sheila Narayanan
Author: Sheila Narayanan "I think it passed me by. I am too old to learn coding," my 12-year-old daughter stated in response to my query about why she hadn't yet taken a coding class.
The Changing Role of the IT Function and Driving...
Author: Dr Kuldip Sandhu Would you like to live in the future and experience the power of RPA? With decision-making being more challenging and increasing scrutiny for business value, the CIO team is keen on looking for areas to leverage digitalisation to drive business value and enable value streams, maximising standardisation with optimal resource utilisation.
Digital IT Function Transformation for getting...
Author: Dr Kuldip Sandhu Digital Business transformation: Technology is changing very rapidly, and those changes seem to be accelerated due to the impact of Covid-19.
What Good Looks Like - By Dr. Terri Simpkin
Author: Dr. Terri Simpkin As 2019 drew to a close, Portman Partners hosted a focus group attended by a representative group of women from the Digital Infrastructure (DI) sector.
Mapping Data Centre Standards
Author: Emma Fryer This standards map is not intended to be exhaustive and is currently being updated to reflect changes since 2017, so please look out for a new version from September 2019.
The Future of the Data Center Depends on Sustainability
Author: Peter Hannaford In its recent report, "The people challenge: Global data center staffing forecast 2021-2025," Uptime Institute reported that as data center capacity is being expanded, the availability and potential lack of specialist staff will be an issue of concern for the future.
Fibre Optic Cable, Election, and Internet Diversity
Author: Vinay Nagpal The Covid-19 pandemic has exponentially increased the use of the Internet in our daily lives. It created an inorganic growth event that changed everything overnight and has accelerated our transition to a digital society.
Your Hotel Room Might Soon Contain Its Own Edge Facility
Author: Prof. Ian Bitterlin Who is going to own the edge? I would bet on the telecom providers, both fixed-line and cellular mobile. Who else is better placed, or better experienced, in rolling out such a distributed comms network?
The Rise of the ‘Enterprise Edge Node’
Author: Vinay Nagpal “Cloud” services which represent the delivery of IT services through web-based tools and applications, as opposed to a direct connection to a server, have become mainstream over the last decade or so.
Cloud Wars, Microsoft and AWS
Author: David Nagrosst In this paper, we review how strategic game theory and economics is used within the cloud computing services market between the two largest competitive players in that market, Amazon (AWS) and Microsoft (MS).
Q&A with Senior Partner, Peter Hannaford
Author: Portman Partners Hannaford has been involved with computers and data centers for over 50 years, starting as a computer operator.
Culture Flux - Reassessing Company Culture
Author: Portman Partners As companies return to the office from months of remote work, or are adjusting to a new normal of ongoing remote work and social distancing, there is no doubt workplace culture is in flux.
BBC Documentary: Wales - Digital Powerhouse
Author: Emma Fryer In this blog, Emma Fryer shares the questions posed by the programme-makers and the answers she gave during a preparatory conversation.
One and Done - by Terri Simpkin
Author: Dr. Terri Simpkin As the premier conference event for company secretaries, and board and governance professionals, it was an opportunity to explore how inclusion and diversity in corporate governance, in all its guises, is being addressed.