Mike Manos is one of the data center executives who I always enjoy chatting with. We chatted over drinks and dinner a few weeks ago in LV, and I am looking forward to when we are both in Santa Clara for Uptime. One of the things I enjoy is reading one of Mike's post, and thinking about what he says and what I would say if we were drinking a beer.
Mike has a post on some observations he has collected.
Mike shares where he is going with future posts.
The articles will highlight (with some personal experiences mixed in) the ongoing battle between Technocrats versus Bureaucrats. I will try to cover a different angle on many of the big topics out there today such as :
- Big Data versus Big Government
- Rise of Nationalism as a factor in Technology and infrastructure distribution
- The long struggle ahead for managing, regulating, and policing clouds
- The Business, end-users, regulation and the cloud
- Where does the data live? How long does it live? Why Does it Matter?
- Logic versus Reality – The real difference between Governments and Technology companies.
- The Responsibilities of data ownership
- … regarding taxation exposure
- … regarding PII impacts
- … Safe Harbor
One of the things I enjoy is listening to Mike and seeing where I have made the same observation. I wrote back in June 2010 that Government Regulation is coming to Google, Facebook, or Apple.
FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010 AT 12:03AM
One side affect of the Microsoft anti-trust action is the governments of world feel good about taking on technology companies with regulation. You go throughout history and technologies at first were not regulated - auto mfg, power generation, oil & gas, and healthcare. And, there is still people arguing there needs to be more legislation in these areas.
The Data Center industry is one of the youngest industries that has little regulation. When you look at the Mobile carriers they have dozens of years of regulation (remember how AT&T was broken up). Can you foresee a future where data centers and the data in them is as highly regulated as mobile carriers?
Keep in mind Mike's warning of the coming regulations to the Cloud and Data.
My hope is that this series and the topics I raise, while maybe a bit raw and direct, will cause you to think a bit more about the coming impacts on Technology industry at large, the potential coming impacts to small and medium size businesses looking to adopt these technologies, and the developing friction and complexity at the intersection of technology and government.