Mark Yeeles, Vice President UK & Ireland, Industrial Automation at Schneider Electric, responds to the 2023 Spring Budget.
Recent world events and an increase in geopolitical uncertainty have resulted in a renewed focus on building, supporting and strengthening of sovereign supply chains. UK businesses want to build robust, and resilient networks of suppliers, particularly in high-tech sectors.
Governments, armed forces, municipal authorities and companies now share the concern that electrical and electronic equipment, such as computers and peripherals, give off unintended electromagnetic emanations, which can then be reconstructed beyond the building boundary as intelligible data. Countermeasures are aimed at preventing eavesdropping on data radiated as signals via conducting lines such as power, telephone or control line cables.
The server room or data centre is often where control panels are housed, and is the heart of a company. After all, this is where the entire IT infrastructure and the company network are managed. In the event of a failure or malfunction, in the worst-case scenario, the entire operation is paralysed. Such failures can be prevented with holistic monitoring.
Cooling is exceptionally important to data centres, given the heat-generating nature of servers. As big data has become the foundation upon which industrial automation providers are building new solutions and services, the increase in data has in turn highlighted the importance of motor technology advances.