2015 – The year in engineering | The Engineer
As 2015 draws to a close, The Engineer takes a look back at some of the biggest engineering stories of the year, from Crossrail and Bloodhound, to Hinkley Point and Tim Peake’s space adventure.
Dow Chemical Company and DuPont have today announced plans to join forces.
The two companies, known collectively as DowDuPont, described the partnership as an “all-stock merger of equals”.
“This transaction is a game-changer for our industry and reflects the culmination of a vision we have had for more than a decade to bring together these two powerful innovation and material science leaders,” said Andrew N. Liveris, Dow’s chairman and chief executive officer.
While the world’s reliance on digital technologies is growing exponentially, so the need for heightened security around IT and data centre infrastructure has probably never been greater.
Recent cyber attacks have exposed the vulnerability of networks to groups or individuals with malicious intention.
But it isn’t just the networks which are at risk; there is an equal threat to the data centre itself from physical hazards, which also needs to be appreciated.
Rittal’s new White Paper on IT security tackles the issues of physical hazards head on. It identifies fire, water, dust and fumes, falling debris, EM radiation and unauthorised access as prime risks and explores what can be put in place to prevent damage when such
The White Paper entitled “Physical security in IT and data centre technology” is available to download now free of charge
The Paper guides data centre planners and operators through the complexities of securing their sites.
It highlights the European Standards and Certification needed to demonstrate effectiveness under test conditions and compliance not just for individual components but also, very importantly, systems. By that, it means systems for climate control, power supply and distribution, network connectivity, access control, and the structural shell – either a conventionally built room or a modular “room-in-room”.
The Paper takes a considered look at various threats in turn and offers best practice advice. For example, it considers IP (International Protection) categories in relation to protection against dust, water and solid particles, as defined by EN 60529. Meanwhile a wall might need to have a specific fire resistance, for example, F90 or F120 according to DIN 4102 or EI 90 or EI 120 according to the EN 1363.
Physical threats also include deliberate human interference and clearly any space filled with expensive hardware and important data should be secure enough to prevent malevolent or vindictive individuals gaining access. The Resistance Class (RC) defined in DIN V ENV 1627ff states how well this can be done depending on the nature and level of force that is applied.
IT security rooms are another option which are also reviewed. These rooms, if planned and fitted out correctly, will help protect hardware and data from the negative impact of EM radiation, fires and water damage.
For example, Rittal’s high availability room offers the maximum physical security for data centres and IT system locations. The system is certified by the ECB according to the ECB S rules and fulfils the requirements of EN 1047-2 without restriction.
A more compact alternative to security rooms would be IT security safes, which are ideal for smaller data centres that only need to be connected to the appropriate supply lines on site.
Further information about Rittal can be found at www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on Twitter @rittal_ltd.
The DCD EMEA Awards are part of a unique global series recognizing the most outstanding projects, teams and professionals in the field. Previous winners have included some of the world’s leading brands and this year the winners were from across the region, including UAE, UK, Ireland, Turkey, the Netherlands, Greece, Spain, West Africa, Finland and Djibouti.
The winning entries were the result of rigorous selection by an independent judging panel of industry experts, seeking to identify success, leadership, innovation and best practice in data center projects, people and teams. This year saw four new categories to recognise achievement in particular markets: The Enterprise Data Center Award, Public Services Digital Delivery Award, Service Provider Data Center Award and Internet Data Center Award.
We’d like to extend our congratulations to all winners at the event including Prof Ian Bitterlin, Consulting Engineer & Visiting Professor, Leeds University, for winning the “Outstanding Contribution to the Data Centre Industry” as presented by Shane Hope of Rittal Ltd.
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