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The University of East London (UEL) and the Data Centre Alliance (DCA) have been awarded €1.7 million by the European Commission to help define the training and research needs of the data centre industry and to create a new European Data Centre Academy.
The project, titled Pan-European Data Centre Academy (PEDCA), will be led by members of UEL’s School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, in conjunction with the DCA, an independent not-for-profit international industry association.
Data Centres are used to house computer systems and associated components such as telecommunications and storage systems. They play a vital role in supporting the digital economy and create an environment for both business and employment to flourish.
UEL will lead on the creation of the Academy to support the fast growing data centre industry, driving much needed innovation and creativity in the areas of new technology, skills enhancements and improved practices.
The DCA will help to provide a common linkage with all the project participants and via its strong influence within the industry.
Professor Hassan Abdalla, Dean of UEL’s School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering and lead investigator said: “This project creates an opportunity for Data Centres to contribute to research & development, share and develop skills, define standards and promote strategies for network investment. It will build upon existing collaboration within the data centre industry which includes both higher education and the wider data centre industry. We are very excited about this project, the first meeting has already happened and we look forward to continue working with our colleagues from around Europe.”
Simon Campbell-Whyte, Executive Director of the Data Centre Alliance added: “With its modern facilities, transport connections and close proximity to London’s Docklands data centre ecosystem, UEL was the perfect choice for the project’s leadership hub. We are delighted to be working hand in hand with the University on this project and are looking forward to working on such a strategically important development programme for the data centre industry.”