Turing's Man Blog

South Pole IT Manager, read: Cr-IT-ical Man

Occasionally, I love to dig down the Internet for historical information, old posts on news groups, looking for some people I knew in the past, etc. This way I discovered incredibly unique interview - "The Big Chill: Ch-Ch-Chatting with the IT manager at the South Pole" - published in Computerworld on December 10, 2007. It was conducted by Robert L. Mitchell with Henry Malmgren, who was – at the time – IT Manager at the… Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. This is really inspiring and relaxing piece of discussion about IT things in general, as well as social side of living on the South Pole station, not to mention, we can learn how data centers are organized in such a deadly environment. I made some extracts from data center parts for your convenience, but I strongly recommend reading the whole interview.

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Vampiric Cray-2. A real bloody machine

Halloween is approaching, so let me present something appropriate. Yes, in the data center field there are some stories that sound like a nightmare. Here comes one...

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When data center investment needs to be convergent?

Please let me share one of the best Dilbert (by Scott Adams) stories I know… It’s also closely related to the data center investments we knew from everyday professional life. So, what to do when something goes wrong with the new data center investment? Convergence! Learn from the story how to react and rely on flexibility – doesn’t matter what happens there will always be a way out. Usually, the key to unlock new possibilities facing total failure lies in the proper naming. I mean: semantics!

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Column on “computational cloud” being not so computationally oriented

I had a honor to be, together with my friend – Wojtek Lacki, the founder of DCSerwis.pl portal in summer 2009. DCSerwis.pl is related to data center services market all over the world, however this is Polish site. During the time of ignition it was definitely the one and only 100% data center related portal in Poland, therefore, we knew lots of funny stories from this hard times. We managed to gather many interesting news, press materials and - what was incredibly fascinating - perform interviews with the representatives of data center market, including some of these big companies. I learnt a lot this way and I will always remember this project to be very demanding and fascinating. However, there is always a proper time to say: "good bye" – therefore we decided to reorganize DCSerwis.pl totally and since March 2011 I’m not directly involved anymore. I’m sure this was very good decision, because now, DCSerwis.pl has its own dedicated editorial crew and as far as I can see it’s evolving month by month in quicker pace. This is it! However, it’s not so easy to give up something, if you invested lots of your personal time. Therefore, I couldn’t refuse, when I was asked to write a short column on "cloud computing".

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KyotoCooling. An European cooling solution worth Japanese name

Recently, I’ve discovered quite an interesting cooling technique, which was mentioned on Polish data center market related portal: DCSerwis.pl. This technique has an enigmatic name, which at the first sight told me really nothing. It was: "KyotoCooling". Moreover, due to this specific name, I was sure that such thing is definitely popular in Asia, only. Then, I realized it’s rather an European specialty (patented in the Netherlands), slowly emerging on the US data center market also. So, what it is exactly? Well, generally this is yet another interesting and smart approach to cooling efficiency in data center. The main aim is to save electricity and being environmental friendly by optimal usage of exterior air (with its temperature) and natural airflow supported by dedicated fans system. Not to mention, it’s also financially effective solution, of course, if implemented in appropriate conditions. I doubt all data centers can make use out of KyotoCooling, but – come on – there are no universal solutions.

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