Data centres power digital societies and enable our connected lives – something that the Covid-19 crisis has recently highlighted. In the spirit of World Backup Day (31 March), Dr Alexander Taylor, University of Cambridge, introduces us to a sector that is often overlooked in discussions about critical infrastructure resilience: the data centre industry.
“We know that there is a massive gap in terms of the infrastructure the world needs, We also need to transform our society to make it carbon neutral. But here’s the silver lining, because this gap is so large, and is yet to be addressed, it represents a massive societal opportunity”
“One of the reasons that I remain optimistic after working in this space for so long, with all the challenges that we’ve had around climate change and more, is my undying confidence in humans. We’re the most creative and adaptable species on the planet.”
Course Director of Cambridge’s Construction Engineering Masters, Dr Kristen MacAskill, tells us what’s on her mind, lessons learned from the resilience round-tables, and the challenges for resilience as a discipline.
Seth Schultz is seeking to build large-scale commitment from engineering organisations to urgently adapt and incorporate sustainability and resilience into infrastructure.
Resilience Shift Ambassador Fred Boltz has been instrumental in putting water resilience at the heart of global policy in partnership with SIWI and other collaborators.
Jo da Silva, Acting Director of the Resilience Shift, was interviewed along with other experts for an essay written by the Economist Intelligence Unit and supported by UNOPS.
Peter Hall, Global Manager, Resilience/Sustainability for Wood Group, and Resilience Shift Ambassador, provided a third-party review of the Resilience Shift’s work on tools and approaches to enhance infrastructure resilience.