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This is the main special interest group for data centres and data infrastructure. Members include colocation and hyperscale operators, cloud and managed service providers, telecommunications operators, professional advisory businesses, industry analysts, consultants, suppliers and customers. Sign up for the latest developments, regular policy updates, consultations, briefings, workshops and insights.
The UK Council of Data Centre Operators comprises twenty senior business leaders who represent the full spectrum of interests and operational models across the data centre sector – from wholesale colocation to cloud infrastructure. The Council is a decision-making body providing strategic direction for all our activity relating to data centres. Formal Terms of Reference provide governance for the group.
Our Operator-Supplier Technical Forum brings together operators, suppliers, customers and consultants to explore, in a non-commercial environment, some of the biggest challenges facing the data centre sector. It provides a collaborative platform to seek solutions, improve sector performance, reliability and sustainability, share knowledge, raise awareness of strategic issues and promote best practice.
Data centres rely on diesel generators for emergency power in the event of grid failure, and the sector manages significant installed generating capacity. This means that operators are obliged under multiple regulatory instruments relating to carbon (EU ETS) and air quality (MCPD, IED) which are burdensome but not always productive. This forum shares best practice and facilitates dialogue with policy makers and regulators.
UK operators struggle with both short-term and long-term skills shortages and the objectives of this group are to demonstrate that the data centre sector is a career destination of choice, facilitate professional development within the sector (in conjunction with the IET), tackle some of the policy and organisational barriers that are restricting the skills pipeline, and provide a forum for information exchange.
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