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    Jan312010

    Mike Manos is Nokia’s New VP of Service Operations, competes against GOOG, AAPL, RIMM, and MSFT

    I wrote a post asking “is Mike Manos Crazy?”, knowing full well he has a plan.

    Is Mike Manos Crazy? Makes a job change in less than 9 months leaving Digital Realty Trust for where?

    Mike Manos just announced he was leaving Digital Realty Trust.

    A Digital Adieu

    January 29, 2010 by mmanos

    Those who follow the news from Digital Realty Trust closely may have recently read that I have decided to leave the company to focus a bit more on some personal work/life balance issues.  With this move comes a new role that I will talk more of in the coming days and weeks.

    Mike Manos just announced his new job at Nokia as VP of Operation Services worldwide.

    Rolling Clouds - My Move into the Mobile Cloud
    As many of you saw in my last note, I have officially left Digital Realty Trust to address some personal things.   While I get those things in order I am not sitting idling by.   I am extremely happy to announce that I have taken a role at Nokia as their VP of Service Operations.  In this role I will have global responsibility for the strategy, operation and run of infrastructure aspects for Nokia’s new cloud and mobile service platforms.

    I have a friend who is an ex-Nokia employee working in Finland and London. He talks highly of the company culture which got me thinking about Nokia’s latest move to ship free navigation SW.  Going back there is a point made by Nokia’s CEO

    Nokia Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo aims to build the world’s biggest mobile Internet services platform to protect market share and create new revenue streams. The company is trying different payment models including bundling with consumer handsets and pay-per-download. Google also has a diversified services business model, with most of its revenue coming from advertising.

    So, why would Mike Manos make the move to Nokia?  Because he gets to be the man who builds the future of Nokia's mobile cloud services.  Would Google, Apple, RIM, or Microsoft offered him that job?  And, were they organized to include the data center, applications, and operations for mobile under one VP?  Most likely not.  My bet is on Mike transforming what we think of mobile data centers. We'll see if these companies regret not being able to throw their names out there to recruit Mike to change mobile data center services. 

    I am very excited by the fact that there are some fierce competitors in this space as well. Once again I will be donning my armor and doing battle with my friends at Google. Their Droid platform is definitely interesting and it will be interesting to see how that develops. I have a great amount of respect for Urs Hoelze and their cloud platform is something I am fairly familiar with . I will also be doing battle with the folks from Apple (and interestingly my good friend Olivier Sanche). Apple definitely has the high end market here in the US, but its experience in Cloud platforms and operations is not very sophisticated just yet. On some levels I guess I am even competing against the infrastructure and facilities I built out at Microsoft at least as it relates to the mobile world. Those are some meaty competitors and as you have seen before, I love a good fight.

    So, Mike isn’t so crazy after all.  But sees something most of us don’t as most of us have discounted Nokia as mobile competitor as Google, Apple and RIM slug it out in the US. 

    Personally, some of my best stock market investments have been in the emerging market category.  So, I get Mike’s statement of growth and penetration.

    In my opinion, Nokia has some very interesting characteristics that position it extremely well if not atop the fray in this space. First there is no arguing about Nokia penetration of hand-held devices across the world. Especially in markets like India, China, South America, and other emerging Internet using populations. Additionally these emerging economies are skipping past ground-based wired technologies to wireless connectivity. As a result of that Nokia has an incredible presence already in those markets.

    Taking the leap thinking about mobile data centers reminds me of a fun discussion with ARM and what could be done with small low power data centers colocated with cell towers to change the delivery of mobile data.

    Isn’t the highest growing market mobile devices and the services for those devices?

    Ahh, so Mike switched from building colocation data centers for others who are living in the present to a future scenario where data centers look different to support a worldwide market for mobile device data services.  Who wouldn’t make the switch?

    Now I can see the reasoning behind the change and maybe it isn’t so crazy after all.  But a leap to be innovative in a company who knows they have to innovate to be successful.

    GigaOM made this point comparing Google’s map services vs. Nokia.

    In comparison, Google Maps Navigation has to download maps constantly over a network connection.  It doesn’t matter if your don’t have a 3G connection or have lost data connectivity, the basic functionality of Ovi Maps will work, Nokia claims. This low data consumption model is something carriers are going to love, Ojanperä said. Why? Because it will save them money on network costs, as explained by this image.

    Another reason why carriers are going to love Ovi Maps: It will help them sell data upgrades to voice-centric customers, even in emerging markets such as India and China where standalone GPS devices have yet to become commonplace, unlike in the U.S. and Europe. To me, this is Nokia’s big opportunity.

    Watching Nokia, Apple, Google, RIM, and Microsoft compete in the mobile data center space should be an interesting competition that is the future for each of these companies.  Losing the mobile battle is expensive.

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    Friday
    Jan292010

    Top 52 Companies reading GreenM3, based on service providers

    I just went through my Google Analytics service providers.  The vast majority of the listings are from ISP, but many visit my blog from their company websites and I see a list like below which is an interesting view of what company employees are visiting over the last month.

    My one pleasant surprise is the number of universities on the list.

    Thanks for reading. Traffic has been going up consistently since the new year.

     

    microsoft corp

    hewlett-packard company

    apple computer inc.

    intel corporation

    amazon.com inc.

    cisco systems inc.

    dell computer corporation

    american power conversion corp.

    university of western ontario

    exterme networks inc - rtp nc

    samsung networks inc.

    oxford university

    sprint pcs

    waggener edstrom

    bloomberg financial market

    blue cross blue shield of nebraska

    computer associates international

    ebay inc

    exalead

    university of missouri-columbia

    ibm

    indiana university

    accenture

    dpr construction inc.

    softlayer technologies inc.

    st- james properties

    america online inc

    bank of america

    elastra

    maryland department of transportation

    stulz air technology systems

    allstate consultants

    eagle credit union

    ibm corporation

    netscape communications corp.

    nokia group networks

    public works and government services canada

    raytheon company

    rutgers university

    salesforce.com inc.

    savvis

    stanford university

    sun microsystems inc

    universit degli studi di pisa

    university of washington

    yahoo! inc.

    areva

    cloudkick inc-091111171644

    edinburgh university local area network

    level 3 communications inc.

    morgan stanley group inc.

    national aeronautics and space administration

    Click to read more ...

    Friday
    Jan292010

    Is Mike Manos Crazy? Makes a job change in less than 9 months leaving Digital Realty Trust for where?

    Feb 1, 2010 – new blog post on Mike’s Move to Nokia.

    Mike Manos just announced he was leaving Digital Realty Trust.

    A Digital Adieu

    January 29, 2010 by mmanos

    Those who follow the news from Digital Realty Trust closely may have recently read that I have decided to leave the company to focus a bit more on some personal work/life balance issues.  With this move comes a new role that I will talk more of in the coming days and weeks.

    The official press release is here.

    Digital Realty Trust Announces Organizational Changes

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 29, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), the world's largest wholesale datacenter provider, announced today that Mike Manos has resigned from the company as Senior Vice President of Technical Services, effective January 29, 2010. Mr. Manos joined the Company in 2009.

    "Mike has made a tremendous contribution to Digital Realty Trust and we greatly appreciate his efforts," commented Michael F. Foust, CEO of Digital Realty Trust. "We understand that this was a difficult, personal decision for him and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors."

    DataCenterKnowledge covers the news as well.

    Manos has been one of the data center industry’s most visible executives, and been a regular speaker at major industry conferences and events.  

    The first thought that came to mind “is Mike Manos crazy?”  He just left Microsoft in Apr 2009 to Digital Realty and in Jan 2010 announces he is leaving Digital Realty Trust.

    Here is Mike’s post saying goodbye to Microsoft.

    Farmers, so long

    April 13, 2009 by mmanos

    Bean1Level8x10

    This post represents a bittersweet moment in my career. As you have no doubt heard I am moving on from Microsoft to take on an exciting senior role at Digital Realty Trust. I will save the specifics on my new role and its mission for a future post on my personal Loosebolts blog. But for now, I want to reflect a bit on my work here at Microsoft, our team, and a little bit on what it means to be a farmer.

    The demand for data center expertise is high, but what got Mike to leave so soon.

    This reminds me of the movie “The Gods must be Crazy” trying to figure out what motivates Mike.

    If you have never seen The Gods Must be Crazy here is the first 15 minutes of the movie

    After having a laugh, I thought “well Mike must have some logic to his actions and I can’t see it.”  The movie uses this technique well to show how an outsiders view of what you do can be funny.

    I am sure we’ll hear soon what MIke’s plans are.

    And, maybe in the same way that the Coke bottle from “The Gods Must be Crazy” didn’t quite fit in the culture of the tribe.

    Xi and his band of San/Bushmen relatives are living well off the land in the Kalahari Desert. They are happy because the gods have provided plenty of everything, and no one in the tribe has unfulfilled wants. One day, a glass Coke bottle is thrown out of an aeroplane and falls to earth unbroken. Initially, this strange artifact seems to be another boon from the gods—-Xi's people find many uses for it. But unlike anything that they have had before, there is only one bottle to go around. This exposes the tribe to a hitherto unknown phenomenon, property, and they soon find themselves experiencing things they never had before: jealousy, envy, anger, hatred, even violence.

    Since it has caused the band unhappiness on two occasions, Xi decides that the bottle is an evil thing and must be thrown off of the edge of the world. He sets out alone on his quest and encounters Western civilization for the first time. The film presents an interesting interpretation of civilization as viewed through Xi's perceptions.

    Maybe Mike was just too good of a thing that there was only one of.  It is quite interesting how organizations behave when there is a resource that drives disruptive changes like Mike.  Look at how much he has done on Digital Realty Trust’s home page.

    image

    Personally, I’ve gone through quite a few circumstances where being innovative is something that doesn’t fit.

    Was Mike too innovative at Digital Realty Trust?

    Or maybe someone said “Mike let’s let you be really innovative over here?”

    My bet is MIke has something very cool he is up to.  It may seem crazy now, but after we learn more, it will most likely make sense.

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    Friday
    Jan292010

    Washington State proposes legislation to restart data center construction, 15 month sales tax exemption

    In Olympia, Washington there are two bills introduced with bipartisan support to allow a 15 month sales tax exemption on the purchase and installation of computers for new data centers.

    Legislation to boost rural counties

    DateWednesday, January 27, 2010 at 5:23PM | AuthorWNJ-Editor

    Today is a good day. The bills that we support -- SB 6789 and HB 3147 -- were introduced in Olympia with wide bipartisan support. The 13 sponsors of the bills are from all over the state, from Seattle and Spokane to Walla Walla and Wenatchee. And the state Department of Revenue requested the bills.

    The bills allow a 15-month sales-tax exemption on the purchase and installation of computers and energy for new data centers in rural counties. As the bills state, they provide a short-term economic stimulus that will sustain long-term jobs. In other words, the exemption will be temporary, but the jobs and tax revenue from the centers will boost rural counties for years and years to come.

    DataCenterKnowledge and I blogged on this issue back in Mar 2008.

    Mar 19, 2008

    Washington State Gov't uses Interpretation of Manufacturing Tax Law to Tax Data Centers

    DataCenterKnowledge reports on the action by the Washington State Legislation to tax data center construction, removing a tax incentive all other gov'ts offer.

    Legislation in Washington state that would have restored a tax break for data centers won't be passed in 2008, leaving Microsoft (MSFT) and Yahoo (YHOO) to mull the future of their plans to continue building in the state. Last month Microsoft and Yahoo halted construction on their multi-facility data center campuses in Quincy, Washington while state legislators debated the tax bill.

    The tax package was drafted after the state ruled that data centers were no longer covered by a state sales tax break for manufacturing enterprises, and thus must pay a 7.9 percent tax on data center construction and equipment. Gov. Chris Gregoire requested an exemption in Senate Bill 6666, which would restore the exemption for data centers. The bill was caught up in tax politics, with media terming it a $1 billion tax break for high-tech giants.

    There were local officials who thought the low energy prices would keep data center momentum, but as the press release, says no data center permits have issued in the state since 2007.

    But no data centers have been built in Quincy or anywhere in Washington since the decision in 2007 that made the tax climate inhospitable. Can you imagine how the tech companies -- and jobs and tax revenue -- will return to rural counties if SB 6789 and HB 3147 pass?

    The unemployment rate in rural Washington has people’s attention as Facebook went to Prineville, OR.  Note Oregon doesn’t have sales tax.

    Grant County in central Washington, for instance, has a whopping 12.5 percent unemployment rate, one of the worst in the state. Its largest city, Moses Lake, has 15,000 people. But just a couple years ago, the city of Quincy nearby, with just 5,000 people, saw the largest tech companies in the world, such as Microsoft and Google, come to town and build massive data centers.

    image

    We’ll see if data center construction comes to the State of Washington soon.

    In the short term, maybe Microsoft will bring back some of its servers from Texas.

    Aug 05, 2009

    Washington State Sales Tax Drives Microsoft Windows Azure Servers to Texas

    Mary-Jo Foley at ZDNnet picked up news on Microsoft’s decision to remove USA- Northwest from a deployment choice for Windows Azure.

    Tax concerns to push Microsoft Azure cloud hosting out of Washington state

    Posted by Mary Jo Foley @ 11:55 am

    Microsoft is making preparations to move applications that developers are hosting on its Azure cloud infrastructure out of its Washington state datacenter, due to a change in the tax laws there.

    Microsoft warned customers testing their apps on the Azure test release about the planned change earlier this week. Microsoft is readying a migration tool to help testers with the move, company officials said.

    Cloud-computing and .Net expert Roger Jennings put together all the various reports and clues into a detailed August 5 post on his OakLeaf Systems blog.

    Click to read more ...

    Friday
    Jan292010

    Nicholas Carr says iPad marks end of PC Era

    On Nicholas Carr’s blog RouchType he makes the point that the iPad marks the end of the PC era.

    Hello iPad, Goodbye PC

    JANUARY 27, 2010

    The New Republic has published my commentary on Apple's iPad announcement. I reprint it here:

    The PC era ended this morning at ten o’clock Pacific time, when Steve Jobs mounted a San Francisco stage to unveil the iPad, Apple’s version of a tablet computer. What made the moment epochal was not so much the gadget itself - an oversized iPod Touch tricked out with an e-reader application and a few other new features - but the clouds of hype that attended its arrival.

    Tablet computers have been kicking around for a decade, but consumers have always shunned them. They’ve been viewed as nerdy-looking smudge-magnets, limited by their cumbersome shape and their lack of a keyboard. Tablets were a solution to a problem no one had.

    Keep in mind the iPad is the start of a wave of tablet devices.

    The transformation in the nature of computing has turned the old-style PC into a dinosaur. A bulky screen attached to a bulky keyboard no longer fits with the kinds of things we want to do with our computers. The shortcomings of the PC have created, the iPad hype suggests, a yearning for a new kind of device - portable, flexible, always connected - that takes computing into the cloud era.

    Nicholas makes an interesting observation that the iPad is good for three handed people.

    But will it succeed? The iPad is by no means a sure bet. It still, after all, is a tablet - fairly big and fairly heavy. Unlike an iPod or an iPhone, you can’t stick an iPad in your pocket or pocketbook. It also looks to be a cumbersome device. The iPad would be ideal for a three-handed person - two hands to hold it and another to manipulate its touchscreen - but most of humans, alas, have only a pair of hands. And with a price that starts at $500 and rises to more than $800, the iPad is considerably more expensive than the Kindles and netbooks it will compete with.

    What is needed is the iBjorn, a modified Baby Bjorn to carry iPad devices.

    image

    One alternative Apple could do is have one-handed typing keyboards like right-handed Dvorak, but I doubt they’ll choose this as it is too big a shift to give users a different keyboard layout.

    File:KB Dvorak Right.svg

    it is interesting to think of the ergonomics of input comparing the iPad vs. iPhone.  One handed which is faster?

    We’ll see how well the iPad does.  It reminds me of the adoption of the original Mac.  The world went crazy (in Apple’s view) for the Mac.  But, sales didn’t turn out as well as expected until the Mac Plus. Thank god Apple had the Apple IIGS to continue bringing in revenue.  Back in 1985 when I worked for Apple I was working on the IIGS.  Later, I worked on the Mac II.

    Apple will have a revenue stream to allow it to ride out the adoption of the iPad.

    We’ll see if people grow a third hand, start buying iBjorn’s to use the device while standing or find one handed use acceptable.  Apple will sell out for the first 3 – 6 months,  The real test will be Xmas sales in Dec 2010.

    You know Apple has the iPad plus prototypes in the works.

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