This is quite a bit off topic for the technology posts I usually do but its a subject very important to me personally. I have had the wonderful experience of getting a lot of exposure to the brave men and women coming back from our military actions abroad. Aside from having some very dear friends who are overseas (both in the regular military and reserves), I meet them at industry events, in airports, and everywhere I can. Their commitment, stories, and personal sacrifice can be a soul-shattering event if you take the time to speak with them. It will renew your faith in our future, I promise you!
This level of commitment is not just limited to the United States either. I had a wonderful experience speaking to a wounded veteran in London at Data Center Dynamics event just a few weeks ago. He was just outside my hotel in Piccadilly. He had been injured in Basra and it was very interesting to listen to his story. After I thanked him for his service, he looked at me like he thought I was just some crazy American, but he did shake my hand in response.
While I typically try to show my support in small ways (buying them lunch or breakfast, giving up my seat in first class for a serviceman, or any host of other small things), I was recently moved by what UnderArmour is doing for these brave men and women and felt that I should in whatever small way this blog can, support their efforts.
UnderArmour is supporting the ‘Wounded Warrior’ Project, which assists our veterans and their families, by creating a line of clothing with proceeds going to help these families out. You can bet that if you happen to see me walking around you might just see me some of the UnderArmour Wounded Warrior Clothing Line. I know times are tough but if you do have some extra income, this is a great investment.
I am not sure if this program extends to our British allies but it should. I applaud UnderArmour for this effort and they can count on my continued business.
For those of you who are not on the Digital Realty Trust email distribution for such things, I recently did a video for them on some reflections of the past and looking ahead with regards to the data center industry, technologies, and such. You can find the video link here if your interested.
I for one would never trust some data center dork in a video.
On November 10th and 11th I will be speaking on two panels at the Data Center Dynamics event in London. The theme for the two day event is Carbon: Risk or Opportunity. In the morning, On Day One, I am speaking in a panel entitled The Data Center Efficiency Schism …New Realities in Design with Ed Ansett from HP/EYP and my old friend Lex Coors from Interxion. The afternoon has me on another panel with Liam Newcombe with the British Computer Society entitled ‘The Shape of the Cloud to Come’ moderated by Data Center Dynamics CTO, Stephen Worn. Liam and I have passion for this space and our past conversations on this topic in particular and other related topics have been quite entertaining (or so I have been told). To top it off, this panel is moderated by Stephen who is not known for being timid either, so I am really looking forward to the discussion there.
The entire event should be quite super-charged especially given the recent Carbon Reduction Commitment legislation in the UK. For those of you keeping a close eye on the emerging impact of carbon legislation across the world this event is likely to source a number of lightning rods and thought leadership to watch out for.
If you have not signed up and will be in London, I would strongly encourage you to do so. As always if you happen to see me wandering about, please feel free to stop and chat awhile.