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    What will the New Microsoft Data Center Group look like?

    We haven’t seen a major reorganization of a company’s data center group for quite a while.

    Reading PCWorld’s description of the coming changes at Microsoft.

    “Nothing is off the table in how we think about shifting our culture to deliver on this core strategy. Organizations will change. Mergers and acquisitions will occur. Job responsibilities will evolve. New partnerships will be formed. Tired traditions will be questioned. Our priorities will be adjusted. New skills will be built. New ideas will be heard. New hires will be made. Processes will be simplified,” he wrote. “And if you want to thrive at Microsoft and make a world impact, you and your team must add numerous more changes to this list that you will be enthusiastic about driving.”

    Specifically, Microsoft will “modernize” its engineering processes, so that they’re more in tune with customer needs, and are more data driven, faster and more focused on quality, according to Nadella.

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    Gates, Steve Ballmer, and Satya Nadella, the only three CEOs to ever lead Microsoft. Nadella says the Microsoft of tomorrow may not resemble the Microsoft of yesteryear.

    The goal is to “reduce the amount of time and energy it takes to get things done” in the engineering team by having fewer people involved in making decisions, and more accountability.


    It is quite possible that the Microsoft Data Center Group aka GFS. will have significant changes. This group has been in existence since about 2005 when Mike Manos was the first Sr Director of the Data Center Services Group.  9 years later a restructuring seems like a good possibility especially when you take into account statements Satya Nadella is saying “Nothing is off the table in how we think about shifting our culture on this core strategy.”

    Maybe GFS will not be touched at all and it will be exactly as it is now, and the rest of Microsoft will change. :-)


    One thing that could sabotage attempts to Regulate Data Center Industry, seeing the effect of Regulations

    For those who have to implement government regulations one of the few options to influence the regulation is to try and influence the defining of the regulation.  Once the regulation is put in place then you can try and negotiate the compliance to the regulation.  The hopes of changing the regulation is almost impossible.

    For years the regulation on the Data Center Industry was an inevitability.  The EU’s “right to be forgotten” regulation on Google and other search engines followed the pattern of governments meeting and playing their political games to create something legally binding.  Google fought as hard as they could to prevent the “right to be forgotten” regulation, but it is now in effect.  And, we are able to see the effects of the regulation since the results are out there for all to see.  Oh oh, the results are not what people thought it would be and the vision of what was sold by the government regulators is not as accurate.  There is data to see how effective the regulation is in achieving its goal.  The regulators by trying to regulate the data center industry are finding they themselves could be measured as to how well their laws are working.

    The Guardian has a post that says the “right to be forgotten” is not enforceable.

    EU 'right to be forgotten' law unenforceable, says justice minister

    Simon Hughes says law currently being negotiated by EU states could lead to thousands of misconceived complaints

    The judgment had created a new stream of complaints to internet companies which might eventually find their way to the Information Commissioner's Office and be appealed up to tribunals, Hughes added.

    He denied that the ICO was already swamped but acknowledged that thousands of requests had been made since the ECJ judgment, the result of which, he said, had been "unexpected".

    He said: "There is no right given by the judgment for people to have their personal data deleted from the search engine results. There is no unfettered right. There is no right to be forgotten. Not in the law of the UK, not in directives, not in the judgments of the court."

    Hughes said a "mischievous" business of online reputation management had emerged since the judgment, offering to assist people trying to request removal of information online.

    On the practicalities, Hughes commented: "It looks to me as if it may be an unmanageable task. It will be a phenomenal task. It's not technically possible to remove all traces of data loaded on to the internet from other sources. You can't exercise the right to be forgotten. The information system could not be made to do it.

    Google is cooperating by providing the information that supports seeing the effect of regulation.

    "Google are being very cooperative. My interpretation is that this is difficult and uncomfortable for them. They are conscious of their global influence. I think they would be very keen for the law to be changed as soon as possible and will collaborate with us to do so."

    It was probably not a coincidence that a number of requests to remove stories by high-profile journalists had been "on the top of the pile" when Google came to consider removals initially. "That series of events suggests to me that people want to make sure their positions are known," Hughes said.

    Ministers have estimated that the cost to British businesses of enforcing a new EU law on the right to be forgotten and related regulations would be up to £360m a year.


    Innovation is great if you are the creator, sucks if you are the victim

    If you conduct a poll on how important it is to be innovative, you would get resounding support for the idea.

    This assumes you are in the position of creating the innovation.  If you look at the opposite, there is innovation going on and you are the victim, the one who is being disrupted by the change.  Innovation sucks.  If you don’t want to change, the best hope you have for survival is your competitors don’t innovate.


    Looking for a Data Center RFP Template? Here is one at CyrusOne website

    If you are looking for a Data Center RFP template, there is one you can download from CyrusOne website.



    Data Center Colocation RFP: 
    Request for Proposal Template

    Choosing a data center facility for colocation can be a daunting task even for the most well-informed buyer.

    This Data Center RFP template has been developed using the collective experience of industry experts who have spent years helping prospects scope out data center solutions, finalize contracts, and confirm the use of industry best practices.

    Save time and money.
    Download this Data Center RFP Template to ensure you're asking the right questions for your colocation needs

    A data center RFP, or Request for Proposal, is a precise document used to vet potential data center providers on your company's specific requirements.  Using this Data Center RFP template enables you to edit or delete sections from the template to reflect your organization's pre-determined criteria and customize it to specific business needs.

    Selecting the right data center provider is critical step toward successfully outsourcing some of your IT infrastructure needs.

    This RFP template is designed to help, and includes the following:

    • Data Center Provider Overview – understand what key company information to analyze to get experience and stability
    • Building/Property – determine how to properly gather all the needed technical and design specs on the different facilities
    • Data Center Space – gather key measures for current and future needs
    • Electrical & Cooling Specifications – understand key specs to gather to properly plan for power densities, power density, redundancies, configurations, cooling output and more detection
    • Network Services – avoid being locked into expensive connectivity agreements with little flexibility around carriers
    • Data Center Systems/Personnel – ask the key questions on environmental and security monitoring systems and procedures
    • Risk Overview – get critical information about the facilities location, history, and access
    • Availability Review – determine if the data center can scale as your business grows
    • Professional Services – uncover key partnerships and services you may need in the future
    • Pricing and Terms – understand key lease differences and the hidden costs they contain



    With batteries being hot for Solar, seems like the Data Center industry could benefit

    Batteries are common in so many data centers, and technology has not changed that much.  With Solar’s growth, it looks like batteries are the new hot thing.  Gigaom’s Katie Fehrenbacher posts on a SF solar trade show.

    At a big solar show, batteries take center stage



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    LG's battery at Intersolar, Image courtesy of Gigaom
    photo: Image courtesy of Gigaom.

    While solar companies descend on San Francisco this week, it’s the batteries that everyone’s talking about.

    How big will this get?

    But one entrepreneur’s attention doesn’t make a market. Energy storage has its own momentum. The entire energy storage market is predicted to explode over the next five years, due to a combination in the growth of solar, state mandates (like the one in California) that are pushing storage, and more unpredictable weather that can cause blackouts and require backup storage systems.

    Research firm IHS predicts that the energy storage market (which includes batteries but also other storage technologies) will grow from a small base of 0.34 GW installed in 2013 to an annual installation size of 6 GW in 2017 and over 40 GW by 2022. The U.S. is supposed to be the largest market in the world, followed by Germany and Japan.

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