Katie Prescott: Keeping data centres cool is another burning issue for the economy | Business

When it comes to cloud computing, the reality is anything but white and fluffy. Bland buildings full of whirring servers house computer systems that store and process vast amounts of data and the cloud platforms that provide information through the internet.

These data centres are the infrastructure that underpins so much of our economy. They need to be as boring as possible, the opposite of nebulous, secure in terms of data protection but also operationally stable as the bedrock of business.

This means keeping the power supply and, crucially, the cooling environment for these hot machines going all day, every day.

They have become unfortunately exciting in recent months, as the summer’s extraordinary heatwave has coincided with the rapidly rising cost of energy. This has

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