We were fortunate to have been invited to last weeks DCS Awards dinner to celebrate the success stories within our industry. It was a great evening spent with our suppliers and peers in the world of Data Centres.

While we cheered on the winners across various categories, we were discussing how far the industry has come in a relatively short period of time. We all know that technology is moving at a rapid speed and that is driving a fast paced culture in day to day life.

In a new book ‘The Great Acceleration: How the world is getting faster, faster’ the author Robert Colvile attributes our general growing appetite for speed and convenience to the continual and rapid advancement of technology. In fact, in this book he sites that even chickens are growing faster today than they did a generation ago and we are all walking faster than our parents did – all fuelled by our attitude to speed.

It is fascinating and completely applicable to the data centre industry. After all, it is the massive advancement in technology that has generated the growth in data centres and infrastructure and we are already talking to clients who are looking to add 50% capacity in servers in the same data centre space. Today’s security requirements are also unrecognisable from a couple of decades ago, with increased threats of terror, the growing concern about cyber fraud and the focus on data protection. These issues have filtered down to data centre design and build companies. Energy Efficiency, a huge global focus for companies and again a consideration that has impacted data centres deeply over recent times.

So, it was with pride that we looked around the DCS awards tables at those who not only represent the industry but who have in effect built the industry into what it is today. The dynamic and energetic who have kept pace with the incredible changes that we have seen across the technology sector and embraced the changes within data centre design and development. These awards are created to recognise those who have excelled within various data centre categories and we would like to congratulate the winners for a job well done but it is equally important to recognise everyone there who has contributed to the growth and development of the data centre industry as a whole and we are proud to be a part of it and look forward to the next decade of change and growth.DCS awards 2 DCS awards1