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City AM quotes Eddie Richards on the logistical challenges of data centres

Many of us are more than happy to use the 'cloud', but some argue that fewer of us understand what it is and, more pressingly, what the cost of such convenience is. 

While the name ‘the cloud’ may suggest that our data is immaterial and our capacity to store it is endless, this is far from the truth - everything on the cloud is stored somewhere within four walls - a data centre.

Data centres are vast, industrial complexes, housing data infrastructure for millions and millions of customers via an internet connection.  They are highly energy-intensive...by 2030 it is expected that data centres will consume about six per cent of UK electricity.

Environmental concerns perhaps aren't our only worry. Eddie Richards, Partner, provides comment for City AM on this issue. On top of the environmental concerns, Eddie emphasises the logistical challenges, with the demands on local power infrastructure along with convoluted local planning systems meaning building and running these data centres is no easy task.

Read the full article in City AM here

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