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Since DCN ’ s humble beginnings nearly five years ago we have watched with a keen interest the many exciting developments and innovations that drive this industry forward . I have written before about the general lack of awareness among the Joe Bloggs of the world about what a data centre does . If a stranger asks what I do and I say I work for a magazine covering data centres , a common response is : ‘ What ’ s a data centre and what does it do ?’ Well the short answer , I suppose , is , everything ! Smart buildings and cities , artificial intelligence , Internet of Things , Big Data , Apps , and of course our good friend – the cloud . You may laugh , but on more than one occasion I ’ ve had people ask me whether all our data was ‘ up there in the cloud ’ while pointing at the sky . Well , no it ’ s not , it ’ s in a data centre , and while we often take for granted the modern , hi-tech world we live in , it ’ s easy for the IT infrastructure to get forgotten about while the end product gets the ‘ glamour ’. So this month our special feature focuses on

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Russell Drury , editor
the stuff that makes it all work ; the cabling , the enclosures , the cabinets and the racks .
We have a series of indepth articles from the likes of Schneider , Nexans and Chatsworth Products . The special feature begins on page 25 with Excel ’ s Neil Staley discussing the importance of a solid airflow strategy within the data centre .
We have an exciting article in this month from Jocelyn Paulley of Gowling WLG , looking at the role data centres will play in the future development of smart cities – so there ’ s the glamour I mentioned earlier .
In this month ’ s Meet Me Room we talk to David Griffiths of Tintri , who look back on his degree in Zoology and talks about the digital transformation that is shaping the way we live and work .
The Final Thought belongs to Jon Leppard at Future Facilities , who talks about the Investigatory Powers Act and its possible effects on the data centre .
Thank you for reading and if you have any opinions on any of the topics discussed please write to

russell @ allthingsmedialtd . com .

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