There are a type of people in the data center industry I gravitate more than others. One characteristic is those who have a "growth mindset" vs. "fixed mindset. I had posted on this topic before.
If you want more detail on the growth mindset here is a google talk.
if you want the polished quick pitch here is a TED talk.
Amazon acquired Kiva Systems in 2012, then went dark. No new customers mentioned. Sales staff was let go. Now in August 2015 www.kivasystems.com will point to Amazon Robotics https://www.amazonrobotics.com/#/
A recruitment video is here. https://www.amazonrobotics.com/#/vision
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. https://www.amazonrobotics.com/#/careers#open
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.
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Jim Smith and David Schirmacher have left Digital Realty Trust.
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.
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.
I use my Wood Stone over 2-3 times a week, cooking salmon and chicken so much more than pizza. Bacon comes out the best, but means I need to need get up early to heat up the oven before I cook. I have cooked many meals for my friends and family.
To give an idea of the oven check out this video.
Wired's Cade Metz has a post on Facebook's frustrated efforts to buy renewable energy for its data centers.
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.
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.