DCN December 2016 - Page 6

industry news Record numbers for the Master’s Degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management The fourth intake for the world’s first and only Master’s degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management is underway with record numbers. More data centre professionals are taking the opportunity to turn their data centre experience into the Master’s degree and September 2016 saw the highest enrolment numbers on record so far, making the course more popular than ever. Run in collaboration with CNet Training and Anglia Ruskin University, the Master’s degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management launched in February 2015. The online distance learning course is three years in duration and is fully supported by a team of academic and industry experts, who are available online or via telephone throughout the course. Those who are successful in completing gain a level seven qualification which provides an impressive MA post nominal title. The first students to successfully complete will graduate in 2018 to become the world’s first to hold the MA Data Centre Leadership and Management title and by doing so will also create the elite group of data centre professionals throughout the world. There are two intakes a year for the Master’s degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management. The next intake will be 30th January 2017. 6 NETWORKS GETTING YOUNGER AS ORGANISATIONS START TO EMBRACE WORKPLACE MOBILITY, IOT, AND SOFTWARE DEFINED NETWORKING STRATEGIES Enterprises across the globe are refreshing their network equipment earlier in its lifecycle in a move to embrace workplace mobility, Internet of Things and software defined networking strategies. In addition, their equipment refresh is more strategic, with architectural vision in mind. But despite the higher refresh rate, networks are getting less secure, largely due to neglected patching. These are some of the highlights in the annual Network Barometer Report by Dimension Data. First published in 2009, the 2016 Network Barometer Report was compiled from data gathered from 300,000 service incidents logged for client networks that Dimension Data supports. Dimension Data Data, said, ‘Since 2010, networks had been ageing. This year’s Report reverses that trend, and for the first time in five years we’re seeing networks age more slowly.’ According to the Report, in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Australia enterprises’ network age reduced in line with the global average, while in the Americas, the number of ageing and obsolete devices decreased much faster, from 60 per cent in the 2015 Report to 29 per cent in the 2016 Report. This can be attributed to the release of pentup spend following four years of financial constraint. Van Schalkwyk said clients in the Americas appear to be refreshing networks with the new generation of programmable infrastructure. In Asia-Pacific and Australia, also carried out 320 technology lifecycle management assessments covering 97,000 network devices in organisations of all sizes and all industry sectors across 28 countries. Andre van Schalkwyk, senior practice manager, network consulting, Dimension equipment refresh occurred as part of data centre network redesigns. In contrast to the global trend, in Middle East and Africa, the network age increased, possibly the result of economic uncertainty, particularly in South Africa. Hybrid cloud storage use to more than double in next 12 months The use of hybrid cloud storage will accelerate rapidly over the next 12 months, according to research published by Cloudian. Across 400 organisations surveyed in the UK and USA, 28 per cent already use hybrid cloud storage, with a further 40 per cent planning to implement within the next year. Only 19 per cent have no plans to ado B&v6F2&RrF'&B6VB7F&vRF7W'Bf&WGbv&G2*FF&6W2FR7BV"W6R66RvFcBW"6VBb&W7FVG2&W'FpFWVB"2FFW*vV"g&7G'V7GW&RS"W"6VBƖ6FFWbFW7BCW"6VBBFV66Ɩ6F2C2W"6VB&R6G&frFRFFb'&@6VB7F&vR&GV7G2B6W'f6W2FR&W6V&6&WfV2FB&vW"&v6F2"SVVW2"&R&RFFrFR&67B&FǒvF"W"6VBrFFWFRWB"F2* *