In swinging open the doors of the data centre, a new market reality is with us. Blind-sided by new and emerging technologies, customers are turning to the channel to rebuild infrastructure strategies in the pursuit of innovation. In 2018, spending on data centre systems will account for $2.6 billion in Australia, spanning servers, storage and network equipment. But as the pace of business increases, demands placed on the data centre are changing, with IT departments no longer required to merely keep the lights on. This ARN Elevate event - in association with APC by Schneider Electric, Lenovo and NetApp - outlined the blueprint of the modern-day data centre, assessing infrastructure opportunities and ongoing channel challenges. Photos by Vincent Lai.