RIP Steve Gold – Internationally acclaimed technology journalist and Turtle team member

Steve Gold    (Booted up 15 January 1956 – Logged off 12 January 2015)

Steve Gold, who died from complications arising from a heart operation on January 12th 2015, was an internationally renowned expert and commentator in the field of IT crime and cyber terrorism.

This stemmed from his 11 years of experience, which culminated in his role as a senior internal auditor/fraud investigator in the National Health Service.

As a journalist Steve has been specialising in communications as well as IT security for approaching three decades.

He has written on a freelance basis for a number of titles, including Accountancy Age, Computer Weekly, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, Euromedia, the Guardian (IT and healthcare sections), IPTV, Micro Decision, Mobile News, Personal Computer World, The Review (Gemalto’s house business magazine) and The Times.

He assisted and co-wrote later editions of the Hackers Handbook, alongside Professor Peter Sommer, which was published in six editions between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s. It was a seminal communications book of its time and sold in excess of 60,000 copies.

Steve started his full-time journalistic career as a staff writer on Microscope in 1986 and helped launch PC Dealer, a trade computer reseller magazine the following year, where he rapidly moved from technical editor to editor in the space of four years.

He left the title to pursue a freelance career in 1991, helping Paul Robinson to found SC Magazine, the world’s first dedicated IT security news publication in 1994, as freelance news editor, a position he held until Paul sold the title to Haymarket Publishing in 2004.

In parallel with this, he helped a fellow team of US, Canadian and Australian writers launch and evolve a pioneering IT newswire – Newsbytes News Network – in the US in 1985. He and his colleagues later went on to sell the highly successful newswire to the Washington Post in the early 2000s.

In 2004 he joined Infosecurity Magazine as a contributor and soon became technical editor, assisting a succession of editors over a period of seven years in evolving both the print and online publications as the IT security industry developed and matured.

At his death, he was group editor for LGN Media, which publishes Cloud Computing World, Lawtech Magazine and Netcomms Europe. He also contributed to the news pages of SC Magazine on a regular basis.

Steve had also been a key member of the team at Turtle Consulting for more than 15 years. He was never to busy to squeeze in an emergency press release or feature article. Always cheerful and the fount of knowledge on all things technical and a source of inspiration to us all.

Taken from us far too early and sorely missed.  We offer our sincere condolences to Steve’s family and friends.

 

Memorial

Friends of Steve’s are planning a memorial website  Will anyone with material that they feel might be suitable for a “memorial” website please sent it to sg1@silentmodems.com

 

Steep Rise In Data Centre Space Enquiries says GVA Connect

Gateway Data Centre Exterior-W600Comment just released by GVA Connect (gva.co.uk/datacentres) – the company’s data centre property agency – notes that enquiry levels for data centre space demonstrated a steep month on month rise during quarter three of 2013 (03/13).

Said Charlie Carden, a director of GVA Connect, “This steep rise was not only in the volume of enquiries but also in the average size of space/power requirement compared to previous quarters. This is a good early indication of health returning to the data centre sector.

“These encouraging figures for the data centre economy follow GVA Connect’s recent announcement of the availability of a new data centre called Gateway in London’s West Thurrock (gatewaydatacentre.co.uk). With 86,000 square feet of data halls, up to 47MVA of diverse power and 2.0ms round trip latency to the City of London, Gateway is available as a Shell and Core, Powered Shell or Fully Fitted data centre.

Returning to his industry commentary Carden said, “The recovery is already evident from the serious increase in enquiries from US operators not only for space in the UK but across EMEA.

“Existing operators and potential new entrants are now investigating the UK market to satisfy requirements from their enterprise clients – many of whom are seeking to move to global outsourced IT solutions”.

A further rising trend, according to GVA Connect is the increase in interest for data centre space from corporate users – indicating a relaxation in corporate IT budgets. The same upward trend has also been noted from telecoms and media-related businesses.

“Being the leading agent for the marketing of UK data centre space”, concluded Carden, “We’re anticipating further rises to be driven by USA operators in Q2/14 and we’re well placed to assist clients in both lettings and acquisitions “.

 

 

Virtus Data Centres starts construction of its new flagship facility in London

VTS0028 Virtus LONDON2 Data Centere-Corner ViewVirtus, the provider of London’s most flexible and efficient data centre solutions has announced that construction work has commenced on LONDON2; its new flagship data centre in West London, designed to meet the growing demand for scalable, reliable, on-demand colocation services. The data centre will deploy a new ground breaking cooling technology which will dramatically decrease energy consumption, bringing site power usage effectiveness (PUE) to below 1.2 and delivering substantial TCO reductions to Virtus’ clients.

Located in Hayes, just 17 minutes by train from Paddington and less than a mile from Junction 3 of the M4, the site will deliver 11.4MW of IT power, and 65,000 square feet of net customer data centre space. In addition, the site has extensive premium client office space, board rooms and meeting facilities particularly aimed at the growing community of Virtus’ clients such as IT Managed Service Providers (MSPs), systems integrators, digital media, financial institutions and enterprises. With 20MVA of power infrastructure already delivered to the site, construction is scheduled to be ready for client occupation in the summer of 2014.

By using the most advanced, fresh-air, evaporative cooling technology, solar panels, ground water from its own well, chimney racks for heat extraction, highly efficient UPS systems, and other innovative technologies, Virtus LONDON2 will be the most energy efficient data centre in London. The LONDON2 data centre further reduces environmental impact by using 100% green power, from renewable sources and heat pumps to recirculate heat generated by the IT equipment into communal areas.

Neil Cresswell, Virtus’ CEO, commented: “I am delighted that after a thorough design and planning process we have started construction of one of the most advanced data centres in the UK. Virtus already leads the way in bringing to market the most flexible data centre solutions available, thanks to the quality of our sites and services. With the range of energy-saving technologies we are putting in place we will now lead in being able to deliver the most cost-efficient and environmentally friendly data centre solutions, offering significant TCO reductions to our clients in power, cooling, connectivity and services charges.”

The facility, designed to deliver high quality customer solutions, will have six data halls, all capable of being subdivided allowing clients to have anything from a cabinet in a shared space to their own suite or data hall with dedicated power and cooling.

“Another advantage of our new data centre is its flexibility and the cost efficiencies gained by deploying ultra-high power density cabinets of up to 40kW, which can be clustered or installed next to standard power density cabinets without clients having to invest in costly in-row cooling. Clients requiring such ultra-high power density installations will achieve significant savings at LONDON2,” said Cresswell.

The site will naturally be highly secure, away from main roads and behind 5 meter security fences, with 24/7 on site security, technical support and monitoring centres to maintain Virtus’ 100% uptime record. It will also incorporate new innovative on-line real-time monitoring dashboards and self-service tools, for clients to use either remotely, or in one of the customer-friendly dedicated rooms or café areas that are being designed into the facility.

The LONDON2 data centre is located in a fibre rich area and when opened, will immediately offer a wide choice of carriers (more than 10, of which 4 are Tier 1) offering diverse connectivity services enabling low-cost, low-latency, high-speed and high-quality access to different networks, internet exchanges, and customer locations globally. In addition, the high-speed low-latency connections between Virtus’ LONDON1 data centre in Enfield and its LONDON2 data centre in Hayes, will allow them to operate as one common market place, making it easy and cost efficient for end user customers, MSPs and network services providers to serve each other’s needs while expanding their own businesses.

About Virtus

Founded in 2008, Virtus is the provider of the most flexible, high-efficiency data centre solutions for cloud/managed service providers and corporate end users in London.

We exist to help our clients transform their businesses with flexible, modern and efficient data centre and connectivity solutions, which can be delivered in just a few weeks. Virtus’ unique ability to scale data centre services and connectivity bandwidth up or down on demand ensures clients benefit from the lowest TCOs available in London.

The high quality and resiliency of Virtus’ facilities, operations and connectivity services are second to none and ensure reliability, performance and security of your IT. Our environmentally efficient and connectivity-rich services are delivered from centres that we have built, on land that we own, located in prime but cost effective locations close to the centre of London. Our solutions are available in innovative, flexible commercial packages. Our centres are becoming the heart of the power and connectivity driving the growing cloud and IT services community in London as well as financial, media and mobile businesses.

By owning and designing our data centres we maintain an emphasis on high power density and environmentally friendly cooling technology to deliver the lowest PUEs in outer London (less than 1.2) maximising efficiency and minimising cost and environmental impact for our clients. This efficiency when combined with our unique locations and flexibility drives significant TCO savings through reductions in power costs, optimisation of powered space, flexible contract terms such as ‘pay as you use’ or ‘pay as you grow’ models and savings on connectivity due to geographical location to central London (less than 0.2 of a millisecond). Through these innovative offerings, Virtus are challenging the traditional London data centre landscape.

Our resilient and secure Tier 3 facilities have 100% uptime track records and SLAs, and are designed to be flexible for handling a broad range of requirements from a rack to a customised branded hall, high density, low density or a combination of both, for a day or a decade, for businesses of all sizes and in flexible and affordable packages.

Today we continue to innovate in-line with and beyond the way businesses of all types buy data centre and connectivity services, to ensure we exceed our clients’ expectations in quality, flexibility, service and value.

For more information please go to: www.virtusdatacentres.com or contact us on twitter: @VirtusDCs.

 

 

Report on speakers at DatacenterDynamics Converged London

Today David Cotterill the UK Government’s  Deputy Director in the Cabinet Office for strategic change and IT reform told the conference how the Government’s initiatives are breaking the reliance on just six major ICT suppliers (with which the government historically spends £6bn of its total £18bn ICT budget) through a range of new initiatives.

He explained how the government has made major strides to change its procurement regimes to make it much easier for SME (small and medium enterprises) to provide cloud services. SMEs in the IT services sector can qualify through the G-Cloud II initiative and there are already some 500 who have passed through the simple process and are pre-qualified to provide services to Government departments. No longer will IT service contracts be simply extended and extended because it’s easier for officials – instead at the end of each contract term a competition round must be held – to ensure the Government is getting the best deal.

Cotterill cited as an example of the ‘old way’ a hosting provider which quoted the Government £4million to extend the contract versus the result of the new competitive process whereby an SME IT provider won the contract at £50k. “And that was the best bid, not the cheapest” Cotterill said. He explained that these and similar measures had already saved some £145million.

Nicola Hayes, managing director of market research company DCD Intelligence told the conference some of the findings of the new Data Centre Industry 2012 Census. In what is believed to be the largest survey to date of the global data center industry she explained that there are now some 150000 data centers worldwide with power consumptions over 100kilowatts. This. she said, puts the power consumption of the data centre industry worldwide at just less than that of the entire UK but more than Italy. But whilst this seems massive, she noted that data centres provide far more power efficient IT services than small IT setups in individual companies.

Outsourcing of IT services globally was up 31.3 per cent from 2011 to 2012 and she forecasts that this will increase by a further 23.8 per cent next year.

One of the reasons that data centres are so much more efficient than small IT systems is the investment they have made in reducing cooling and non-IT power from 2-3watts per watt of IT equipment down to 0.3 to 0.7 watts and also by deploying server virtualisation technology. Explaining that the server virtualisation market had now passed its peak, she forecast that network virtualisation will be a key next step over the coming couple of years.

DCD Intelligence key global forecasts for 2013 were data centre space up by 19.3 percent, power consumption up by 13.2 per cent and investment up 14.3 percent.

Guy Ruddock – of data centre operator Colt Technologies shared some of the company’s experience on what he called the ‘secret economics of the data centre’.

Expounding on his hypothesis that the true TCO (total cost of ownership) of a data centre should include ALL costs from the start of looking around for a site, through all the costs associated with building, operating and finally clearing the site plus the cost of the finance after the end of its life, he built up an economic picture of the true TCO being nearer to €360million – a far cry from the €65million usually cited. With the majority of this being energy cost and cost of finance he recommended to the conference that they should update their hardware regularly to the latest and most energy efficient since the equipment cost was miniscule compared to the energy cost savings it would bring.

In a panel session hosted by Ambrose McNevin, content director with DatacenterDynamics, it was agreed that the introduction of the metric called PUE (power utilisation efficiency) some four years ago had been one of the best things ever done in the data centre sector. Although not perfect, by its adoption and recognition by virtually all data centre operators and management – it had vastly increased the energy efficiency and environmental friendliness of data centres. The panel noted that it was so widely used that it was now used significantly by commercial data centres in advertising how energy efficient their operation was vis a vis their competitors.

It was generally agreed that it is now time to move to the next stage after PUE with new metrics to replace or augment it. One of the panel Zahl Limbuwaka of BCS the chartered institute for IT explained that development to make laptops work for longer has resulted in chips that are very power efficient – the next real challenge is to reduce the under-utilisation of IT equipment such as servers which will again reduce power use and cost.

The DatacenterDynamics Converged conference continues on Thursday 15th November at Lodon’s ExCel.