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Cloud email is increasingly being adopted in the business world.This is according to new research from Gartner, which says that despite still being in its relative infancy, the technology is gaining traction with enterprises.At present, 13 per cent of publicly-listed companies across the world are using one of the two main cloud email vendors: Microsoft Office 365 (8.5 per cent) and Google Apps for Work (4.7 per cent). The rest of the business world makes use of on-premises, hybrid, hosted or private cloud email services that are managed by small vendors.Nikos Drakos, research vice-president at Gartner, commented: "Although it is still early days for cloud email adoption, both Microsoft and Google have achieved significant traction among enterprises of different sizes, industries and geographies."Our findings suggest that many varied organisations are already using cloud email, and the number is growing rapidly."Gartner was able to assess cloud email use by researching the email server addresses in the domain records of nearly 40,000 public companies globally.The organisation said Microsoft's offering is typically used in heavily-regulated industries such as utilities, energy and aerospace. Meanwhile, Google's service is preferred in sectors with less regulation, but more competition, such as software publishing, retail, advertising, media and travel.Jeffrey Mann, research vice-president at Gartner, revealed Microsoft is most popular among large organisations, with 80 per cent of companies with a revenue above $10 billion ($7 billion) using the service. Google accounts for around half of businesses with revenue of less than $50 million. 
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Last Updated: 2016-02-02 11:46:55
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The need for a higher level of service via your data centre

Many of us are reliant on our data centre. Any downtime will result in spiralling costs to us, the customer. Any downtime for the data centre will result in huge amount of goodwill lost.

The energy requirements of a data will be dependent on the amount of data and the storage hardware required. However recent figures revealed that a staggering 90% of data centres servers run idle. Efficiency is of paramount importance!

Thankfully times are changing, rapidly, and precision cooling systems have been designed specifically to meet the needs of data centre heat loads and have very different service and maintenance needs than standard building air conditioning which is designed for occupant comfort.

For data centre managers there is a huge need to keep a close eye on energy costs, while maintaining the correct cooling so that serves are not in danger of overheating.

Another recent statistic is that up to 70% of a data centre’s energy is spent is for cooling and air handling, so increasing cooling efficiency is vital to reducing costs.  Remember an efficient cooling system is not an air conditioning unit; thankfully the days of walking in to a room fit for cooling meats are long gone!  Today a great cooling system will separate the hot air before it has had time to circulate and do its damage.

Here at Comms we have a great selection of cooling solutions, at various competitive prices.

Switches are quite possibly the most critical and expensive piece of equipment in a rack, so it is important that they are kept at the correct temperature. If they are constantly exposed to excessive temperatures it can reduce their life by up to 50%. The range of SwitchAir cooling products eliminate this problem by delivering air directly to switches and network devices wherever they are located in the rack. This range is compatible with all brands of rack mount devices and is is available with front, side and rear airflow combinations.

Here is a quick look at just two of the Geist range.

Geist SwitchAir 1U

Includes a new build channel to replace switch mounting rails and delivers cool air to network switches with side air intake. The great thing about this product is that it and installs in minutes while network switch is live.

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Geist SwitchAir 2U

Effective cool air delivery for front of rack mounted multi RU switches Universal for side intake switch types.

Placing core network switches in an enclosed rack is a preferred design but it can be a challenge to deal with the heat generated by the devices. Due to design constraints and equipment density, intake air is typically at the sides of the switch chassis with heat exhaust out the rear or opposite side of the switch.

SwitchAir 2U ensures side intake switches are able to receive the required cool air from outside the rack. SwitchAir delivers air to the switch via the SwitchAir cold air curtain. SwitchAir 2U works with switches having side intake with multiple exhaust configurations.

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You’ll be surprised how much energy and costs can be saved!

Until next time.      ...

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Last Updated: 2016-02-04 15:10:12
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