Impact of laptop ban on the business market

This week saw the UK impose a ban on laptops being carried in cabin luggage on some flights. This follows the US ban imposed last week.  If this situation escalates and becomes common practice across all flights where will the future be for laptop use on flights?

Consider the number of business travellers who regularly take to the skies on route to meetings. Where those all-important meeting objectives or presentations are crafted. That backlog of emails is finally harnessed. And when you have those few peaceful hours with no distractions to think and collate your thoughts.

What would happen if this was not possible?

This is a chastening thought especially for the vast number of business travellers. In the US alone, The Global Business Travel Association estimates the number of business trips taken annually is 488million. This doesn’t take into account the steady increase of business travel, an estimated 38% each year, since 2009 (source Business Travel Statistics January 2016)

Consider also that a laptop could easily be worth over £1,000; an iPad £500. Most travel insurance policies will not cover articles which cost so much – especially if they are checked in as hold luggage. There is also, of course, the risk of damage from shock while a suitcase is being loaded and unloaded from the plane and baggage belts. Again, insurance will not usually cover such damage.”

Research by Which? magazine found that five major travel insurance companies – Aviva, AXA, Churchill, Direct Line and LV – did not cover valuables placed in the hold for loss, theft or damage.

One of the main problems for passengers who are forced to check electronic equipment into their hold baggage is security from theft while they are in the baggage handling system,” said Nick Trend, Telegraph Travel’s consumer advice expert. For instance, Heathrow airport has picked up the nickname as ‘theifrow’ due to the light hands of some of the baggage handlers.

So where could this all lead to, how many lost work hours could be ramped up, how many computers (not to mention secure data) could be lost or stolen.

Is there a different solution

Could it be that business travellers in the future are given different tools to work with, that cost a fraction of the price of a conventional laptop and are able to pass the airport authorities regulations? For instance, these devices could be ‘thin clients’ That are lightweight and purpose-built to work through remote access servers. The idea being that limited company data is stored on the actual device but instead accessed when the business traveller arrives at their destination.

This would require guaranteed levels of security and low latency to access company servers. But could be delivered either through Cloud Services or local on-premise data centres.

The benefit behind local on-premise or nearby data centres is that it negates the latency levels often experienced with having servers on the other side of the world. Not to mention the limitation imposed by Cloud providers management policies.

Therefore, could this be the catalyst for the boom of smaller, flexible, highly secure data centres that are strategically located in the main hubs across the UK?

Watch this space.


As we approach the Data Centre World event next week, the largest of its kind in Europe, we are reminded how big the industry is and the vast number of Data Centre providers that are available to choose from.

Providers specialising in energy efficiency improvements, or technology for monitoring, or the latest in cooling or power and security. From those offering drop-in services, through to those building and managing. Customers are faced with unlimited options on how to go about designing, building and managing a data centre.

For those who are extremely experienced and have been hands on, through the design and build of a data centre before, it is feasible to hand pick your services and create a data centre specification that can be implemented by your own team. For many I.T. directors, however, building a new data centre is likely to be a one-off project which provides little opportunity to implement their learnings in a second or third project.

The vast majority of clients, find the prospect of building a data centre daunting. Not only do they lack the hands-on experience but many have a day job and the data centre is a critical project that is going to be a significant drain on both time and energy.

Self-build? Or outsource? There are benefits to both options and the right choice will depend entirely on each businesses circumstances.

Many clients approach us because they are looking for an end-to-end solution, the opportunity to brief in their ‘ideal data centre solution’ and budget and get the best possible recommendations and proposal to match that. With no ties to specific brands or suppliers, we are truly independent. We are able to take the clients requirements and match them with the best possible solution, whatever that may be.
We have broad experience across industries and exposure to the latest developments in our market which makes us ideally placed to deliver the best solution for the budget and timescale.

Our team of professionals take care of every detail from design and build, management, infrastructure installation and maintenance, leaving our clients to do their day-job.

So if you are coming down to Data Centre World this coming week, pop past and say hello. No obligation, no hard sell, just honest down to earth advice on all things data centres.






I.T. in a Box?

More and more of our clients are requesting containerised data centre solutions. In the past few weeks alone we have been asked to provide consultation around our ModCel product in answer to specific project requirements.
In both cases, customers are dealing with space limitations. Balancing the business need to expand their data centre services but lacking the space to do so.

The containerised data centre is perfect in these situations, as it provides a complete, pre-build data centre in a self-contained unit. In most instances, there is no planning approval needed and no on-site building, simply delivering the DC into place and connecting up accordingly.

At the same time as being fast and easy to install, the ModCel DC still provides the highest security for your IT infrastructure and is often used for disaster recovery or temporary data centre space. Some customers use a DC container as an interim solution until new premises can be secured or whilst they build an alternative data centre off-site.

Our containerised data centres come with all the standard features you would expect from a traditional build data centre such as:

  • A variety of free cooling options
  • Fire protection, detection and suppression
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Structural warranty

So, whether you are looking for a bit of extra DC space, an interim DC solution or simply need to fit a DC into a tight space, the ModCel containerised data centre could be your solution. For more information, take a look here or contact Shirley Osborne on: 01983 885 182