The Innovation in the Data Center Industry comes from those who can connect the dots

Check out this video.

David Brier who created the above video also wrote this article.

It all comes down to dots.

In his famous commencement speech, Steve Jobs said:

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
Sir Richard Branson has a mantra that runs through the DNA of his companies. The mantra is A-B-C-D. (Always Be Connecting the Dots).

Kiva Systems -> Amazon Robotics, Amazon's Automation Research Group

Amazon acquired Kiva Systems in 2012, then went dark.  No new customers mentioned.  Sales staff was let go.  Now in August 2015 will point to Amazon Robotics

A recruitment video is here.

Here are the current open positions.  Sorry for the formatting, but too much time to clean this up.  You get the idea of the hiring amazon is doing.

Google, Facebook, Apple, and so many of the other high tech companies with huge data centers have robotics efforts.  A huge data center behind robotics makes so much sense.

Mystery of Why 4 Technical Leaders have left Digital Realty over 5 years

Jim Smith and David Schirmacher have left Digital Realty Trust.

Jim Smith, who has been the data center provider’s CTO since its founding more than a decade ago, is leaving the company, a Digital spokesman said.
Another major departure from Digital announced Tuesday was David Schirmacher’s. After more than 3.5 years as senior VP of operations, Schirmacher was appointed to lead design and construction in January of this year.

I would always chat with Jim and David when I saw them at data center events.  Then, I thought about Chris Crosby another person I would enjoy chatting with left in 2011.

“During his tenure, Chris tirelessly focused on growing our business and played a key role in developing our data center products and most recently new market opportunities,” said Michael Foust, Chief Executive Officer, in the company’s press release.

Then I thought of Mike Manos leaving Digital in 2010.

All four of these data center executives are tops in technical and operational skills to build and run data centers.  When you go through the list of people Digital is hiring you don't see someone with these skills.

This is a mystery to me.  As the largest data center provider you would think having the top data center talent is a priority.  So what is the top priority for Digital?  In the announcement of Jim and David leaving is the hiring of Chris Sharp from Equinix where he focused on the Cloud.  But, some of the biggest tenants of Digital run some of the biggest Clouds.  Does Digital want to compete against its Cloud customers?  If youwant to build data centers specific for the Cloud you would keep the data center executives so its not that.

I don't have a clear answer to this mystery.

Facebook Changes from buyer of Cheap Coal Power to Pushing for Renewable Energy

Wired's Cade Metz has a post on Facebook's frustrated efforts to buy renewable energy for its data centers.

FACEBOOK’S NEW DATA center will run entirely on wind power. This means three of the five massive computing facilities that will drive the company’s worldwide social network in the years to come will run use only renewable energy. But Peter Freed, who helps oversee renewable energy efforts at Facebook, isn’t entirely pleased. Buying clean energy, he says, remains far too difficult.

“It should be easier to get these kinds of things done,” he says, “and we’re seeing an increasing number of companies that want to do them.”

Facebook has come a long way from when it built its first data center in Prineville, Oregon, choosing coal power in Oregon.  Why coal?  Because coal power was more abundant, therefore lower cost than hydropower.  The attention from this event covered by Matt Stansbery and then others helped to make Facebook the target of Greenpeace.

Now Facebook is considered part of the renewable data center leaders - Apple and Google are the other two.

And others play catch up like Amazon.

On Monday, in the wake of Facebook unveiling its latest data center site in Texas, Amazon announced that it will open a 670.000 MWh wind farm in North Carolina. The turbines are set to start turning in December of next year.

Google will expand Georgia data center 808,355 sq ft by end of 2016

Atlanta Business Chronicle reports on the size of Google's data center expansion.  The article proudly says they have an update on the size, but my friends who work on data centers would want to know how much power.

I would guess 600,000 sq ft is white space multiple by 125 watts/sq ft and you get 75MW. That seems about right for a Google project.

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) said last month it will invest in a $300 million expansion of its Lithia Springs, Ga., data center. The company, however, did not disclose details about the size of the expansion.
A public filing on July 9 revealed Google’s plans to build a mammoth 808,355-square-foot data center at the site. The expansion will include a four-story data center and auxillary structures.