Michael Siteman has a new gig at Internap - Congratulations

Michael Siteman has a new gig at Internap that he announced on his LinkedIn page. When I checked in with Michael he had over 50 congratulations on LinkedIn. Below is a short description of Internap (INAP) if you aren't familiar with the history.

Founded in 1996 on the principal that there had to be a better way to send information over the Internet, INAP has become a leading technology provider of Internet infrastructure through both Colocation Business and Enterprise Services (including network connectivity, IP, bandwidth, and Managed Hosting), and Cloud Services (including enterprise-grade AgileCLOUD 2.0, Bare-Metal Servers, and SMB iWeb platforms). 

I have known Michael for so long and we regularly chat about so many things that I felt like I needed some help on writing a post. So reaching out to two friends who are active members of 7x24 Exchange President David Schirmacher and Executive Director of Carolina's chapter Robin Aron they came up with some greats works to describe Michael. Strategic, Collaborative, Effective, and Integrity. These four words resonate with my experience and I couldn't come up with better words to describe working with Michael on data center projects.


Michael has had a history of gigs at Staubach, JLL, Digital, 7x24 Exchange, and his latest gig is at Internap.

One of the cool hobbies Michael has is collecting guitars. Above are a few of Michael's favorites. Next time you see Michael you can ask about the history of these beauties.

Fluke Roadshow May 2017 - Mobile, Wireless, & Cloud applied to Facility Instrumentation

A couple of years I stopped by the Fluke Booth at a trade show in Charlotte, NC. Talking to one of the booth staff I asked him where he was from. He said he worked in HQ in Everett. Great I live in Redmond we can continue discussions in WA State. The other surprise is Fluke has not targeted data center market as a vertical and he was heading up the efforts.

May 2017 Fluke has a roadshow where Fluke will present solutions for users who are interested in using Mobile, Cloud, and Wireless to make their tasks faster and easier.



I'll be at the Seattle Event on May 2 and Austin Event on May 11.

Google and Verizon have figured out Fiber to the Home is too Expensive. Wireless is last mile

I have studying wireless and ways to connect fiber to the wireless systems. Figured out there were some bad assumptions on fiber to the home and fiber to the desk is not cost effective. Knew about Google's change in strategy for FTTH.

Google Fiber is known primarily for its fiber-to-the-home service that it offers in nine metro areas. But the Alphabet-owned ISP recently decided to reduce its staff and “pause” fiber operations in 10 cities where it hadn’t fully committed to building. Fiber deployments are still planned for a few cities where Google Fiber had committed to building, namely Huntsville, Alabama; San Antonio, Texas; and Louisville, Kentucky. Another planned deployment in Irvine, California, was then scaled back but the service became available to one luxury apartment complex in nearby Newport Beach and Google Fiber told us that there is “more to come” in Orange County. San Francisco was also previously slated to get fiber, but it will have to make do with Webpass wireless.
— https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/02/google-fiber-makes-expansion-plans-for-60-wireless-gigabit-service/

And now Verizon has made a big commitment to buy Fiber for its wireless distribution.

The fiber will be used for network improvements “designed to improve Verizon’s 4G LTE coverage, speed the deployment of 5G, and deliver high-speed broadband to homes and businesses of all sizes.” But while Verizon mentioned both mobile and home Internet service, this doesn’t mean there will be any unexpected expansions of FiOS, Verizon’s fiber-to-the-home service.
— https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/04/verizon-spends-1b-on-fiber-but-its-for-5g-wireless-not-more-fios/

I recently had a friend who had fiber to the home installed with Frontier and the 2 technicians were there all day. If there were multiple wireless access point from utility poles, providing the coverage to the house, then the installation should be have a fraction of the time. Looks like rooftop antennas are one method to get the line of sight connection.

Life Story told by a Jewish Cook opening Ramen Shops in Japan and Brooklyn - Ivan Ramen

Up until last night one of my favorite cooking shows was Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" with Masa Takayama. Why was this episode my favorite? Because it told a great story about Masa.

My new favorite is the story of Ivan Ramen. on Netflix's "chef's table." It is also the favorite of many others.

In its third season, Chef’s Table is trying to relax. Creator David Gelb’s Netflix series is typically a paean to the kind of austere, über-expensive restaurants casually referenced as “temples” to their chosen cuisine, with the annual World’s 50 Best list as its unofficial source text. That description still applies to about half the new season’s six mini-docs, because this is still Chef’s Table: the Peruvian restaurant Central, currently fourth among the all-important 50, has its own research department, and an interlude with tyrannical Berliner Tim Raue could be retitled Whiplash: Germany. But the other half constitutes a real and intermittently successful effort at change, and the story of ramen chef Ivan Orkin represents the peak.
The proprietor of Lower East Side–by-way-of-Setagaya shop Ivan Ramen is both a perfect and atypical subject for the docuseries. On the one hand, he tells us in his opening voice-over, “You have to be all in to get into ramen” — obsession and commitment being the traits Gelb prizes above all else in his subjects. On the other? “Ramen isn’t dainty,” Orkin says, by way of explaining how a “fuck-you kinda guy” became a respected figure in the culinary world. “It’s messy.” On a show on which tweezers appear as often as knives, that’s a step off the beaten path.
— https://theringer.com/chefs-table-orkin-netflix-ivan-ramen-new-york-a3513fe922ac

Three perspectives of The Glue and The Grease

I wrote about the concept of the glue and the grease.

Curious I found three posts on the concept of the glue and the grease.

I am starting to like the concept of the glue and the grease more and more. Next is to the conept into a few presentations.

The organizational glue should remind people why they come to work every day. I’ve seen a number of organizations where the vast majority of employees can recite the mission statement or purpose, but stating a mission doesn’t make it glue. Author and visiting professor at London Business School, Gary Hamel, might suggest that the stronger an organization’s mission, the less need for layers of management because employees are driven more by the mission than by their manager. It should also be noted that a strong mission is intended to mean how sticky the glue is or well the glue bonds; not how firm or aggressive the mission’s language. The glue will create a unified culture that’s prepared for disciplined execution.

The grease drives productive change. In practical terms, the grease is a methodical plan, detailed in a series of work initiatives that are aligned with the organization’s purpose. Another word for methodical could be disciplined; it’s a plan that’s not only well thought out; it’s executed with an almost regimented series of targets and milestones.
— http://tuesdaymorningswithkathrynscanland.blogspot.com/2011/11/leaders-balance-glue-and-grease.html
The ‘glue and grease’ – what a horrible expression!!!

The first time I heard a former colleague of mine use that expression to refer to the role of communication I didn’t like it either.

But I’ve got to say that until I find a better expression for it, it’s a pretty accurate description of what our (then) comms team was supposed to be to others: the glue that brings everyone together, and the grease that lets knowledge flow easily.

But the ‘glue and grease’ only happens when the sharing (and learning) in KM comes together with communication.
— https://km4meu.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/sharing-and-learning-processes-the-glue-and-grease-between-comms-and-ikm/



In this article, we’ll describe those elements and why they matter—and why one matters most of all. (Spoiler: It’s purpose.) Drawing on the companies we’ve studied, we’ll show how some of them focus on two priorities—what we call the glue (collaborative engagement) and the grease (disciplined execution)—to achieve their collective ambition. Our hope is that their journeys will inspire you to do the same.
— https://hbr.org/2011/12/the-power-of-collective-ambition