12 years ago I started blogging on green data centers. A that time no one was carbon neutral. PUE was not yet a standard. I thought greening the data center would make things better. 2 years ago I got bored and reduced my writing. Why? Because being carbon neutral and more efficient did not change data centers and it was getting boring. Same old stuff.
Taking a break I got more into construction issue. Then found how bad wireless was constraining innovation. And there were so many other things interesting going on that was not being covered at conferences and data center news. These entities also found the attendance and readership was falling and they added more things. Cloud, SaaS, IOT, and now Edge. But that stuff is boring and irrelevant to the core DC crowd that are where so many of friends work in.
One of my good friends who runs a big data center site and has worked for two of the big companies asked a great question 8 years ago. “How do you do PLM (product lifecycle management) in a data center?” This is something that our departed friend Olivier Sanche would be asking as well.
Over the past 8 years I have tried a variety of approaches to solve the problem of how to do PLM? One of the top problems is few people want to solve the PLM problem, but the benefits are huge.
What is PLM? Wikipedia has this post.
In industry, product lifecycle management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from inception, through engineering design and manufacture, to service and disposal of manufactured products. PLM integrates people, data, processes and business systems and provides a product information backbone for companies and their extended enterprise.
So do you want the complete view? You can think of a data center which runs huge amount of services as a product.
I was deep into the technical issues, but nothing works. Why? Because the approach is wrong. There was so much data in silos that was hidden. Or information was not being collected. Groups would not work together. Groups would optimize for their own ways. You could say do the “Toyota Way” but few industries have been successful adopting the Toyota Way.
How to solve a hard problem that is like a big puzzle problem?
A couple of weeks ago I saw a Smithsonion Channel video on Bletchley Park - the Code Breaking’s Forgotten Genius. This video is an hour long and know most of you will not watch this.