I recently had an interesting e-mail exchange with Olivier Sanche the chief DC architect at Apple. As you probably know this is a very small industry and Olivier and I have enjoyed a long professional working relationship. He remarked that we are approaching the end of times, as we were both nominated for a Data Center Dream Team in an industry magazine. I agreed with him wholeheartedly.
We we were referring to the poll being conducted by the Web Hosting Industry Review (WHIR) who is conducting a survey to see who would represent the Industry’s best Data Center Dream Team. While its a definite honor to be mentioned, it definitely signals the end of times. :)
To me the phrase “Dream Team” conjures images of people with a long list of accomplishments. Its a bit strange to think of the Data Center Industry at large as having made significant movement forward. There has been a tremendous amount of innovation in the last few years, and I do definitely believe we are at the start of something truly revolutionary in our industry, I think its probably way to early in our steps forward to start defining success like this.
For those of you interested the poll is located below. Please keep in mind that you cannot see the results without actually taking the poll itself.