As we look back through history it becomes apparent that the advancement of civilization is characterized by a few notable attributes: expanded economies, functional governments, advanced weaponry, an educated populous, sewer systems… If you’re scratching over your head over the last item, think about it, at the most basic level, is there anything that better says “advanced society” than indoor plumbing? Does a bear, obviously not a very advanced member of the animal kingdom, s**t in the woods? Although there is archeological evidence of societies that had some crude form of indoor commodes and associated sewer systems, the Romans generally get credit for making the bathroom part of the home, right down to the guest towels, via their sophisticated system of aqueducts and sewers and things have progressed from there. Sure, they dumped the accumulated refuse into the Tiber, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere. Nowadays we take these […]
Just finished watching the season finale of the show Feud about the relationship between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and the events that took place during and after the making of the movie Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Man, those two gals hated each other. I’m not talking mild dislike. Theirs was a relationship based on outright loathing, a feeling they both carried to their graves. When Joan died, someone asked Bette what she had to say, to which Bette replied, “You’re not supposed to say anything bad about someone when they’ve died. Joan Crawford is dead…good.” Can you say meow? Now I like a good fight as much as the next guy, and it looks like we’ve got one right here in our very own industry. I speak of course of the recent little dust-up between Oracle and AWS.
For those of you unfamiliar with the mildly unseemly back and […]
When Jesus said, “Let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone”, what he meant was, “Hey, nobody’s perfect. Well, except me of course”. And don’t we all know that this is true? Try as we might for perfection, we all make mistakes. Some are just a tad bigger than others. History is replete with examples of this sad fact of life. In 1788, the Austrian army attacked itself and lost 10,000 men; whoever did the soil analysis for the Leaning Tower of Pisa obviously made a few miscalculations; some executive at Decca Records decided the Beatles just weren’t “sellable”; and just how sorry was the Trojan who said, “Hey, there’s a big wooden horse out here. C’mon guys, help me haul this thing inside”? No wants these types of things to happen, but sometimes they just do. In acknowledging our all too human predilection for making […]
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, its planner, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto said, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant”. Well I think there’s a few hackers out there who might soon be sharing the same sentiment. As we all know, there have been more than a few notable hacking attacks in recent years. For example, the Chinese absconded with a few million federal personnel records which was publicly denounced as being “really mean” by the State Department; the Russians hacked into the email accounts of the DNC and John Podesta proving that sometimes it’s not so good to put things in writing; and internet users along the eastern seaboard can attest to the devastation that can be wreaked when a few wifi security cameras are hijacked for malevolent purposes. Our responses to these instances were a sternly worded press release, calls to eliminate the […]
In their recent study Datacenter Dynamics found that 60% of data center operators are concerned about an industry wide skills shortage. As with most things in life, there are two (2) ways that we can look at this situation. You pessimists out there may look at this skills shortage as a potential drag on industry growth, while those of us who have been part of the data center business over the years will recognize this state of affairs as yet another growth milestone in our evolution. This need for workers with more data center centric skill sets is a recognition of the fact that the planning, designing, building and operating facilities has become a discipline unto itself.
Writing about the need for formalized programs to aid in the development of data center personnel, Ambrose McNevin, Editor of Focus magazine, described this requirement as follows: “…a clear framework for professional development is […]
Just when you think that you’ve seen everything, you, or at least I, read an article raising the thought provoking question, “Is the Future of Data Centers in Space?” Talk about your forward thinking. We recently finished building data centers in Nashville and Raleigh, and we’re pretty proud of it, and now here comes this article telling us that we might be way behind the data center delivery curve. I’m sure that we’re not alone in our feelings of developmental inadequacy. Even providers of those 1,000,000 square foot plus mega-datacenter sites have to be feeling a little foolish right now since I don’t think that rocket technology is part of their design and construction processes. If the future of the industry is in space, how in the heck do all of us respond to that?
First, and maybe most importantly, how do we characterize space as a market? In other words, […]