An Interview With an Elevator

June 20, 2007

SL: Good morning, thank you for taking the time to meet with me.
Elevator: Ding.

SL: Excellent. How would you describe the costs maintaining efficiencies in a hosting environment?
Elevator: Going up.

SL: Well, I think that’s obvious, depending on where you start. Perhaps a better way to phrase this would be, “How would you recommend leveraging existing technologies to implement an efficient execution of a hosting environment?”
Elevator: Ground floor

SL: Well said. I agree that it becomes difficult to put solutions into place after-the-fact, and that in order to run smoothly one must start with a solid plan and avoid retrofitting later. That ends up being far too costly and stifles resources a company should be using to grow their product. How would you describe the attitude of most large hosts with regards to “going green”?
Elevator: Please step away from the door.

SL: I too think that many datacenters out there are concerned with “stepping through” as it were to move operations in that direction. But, since the datacenters can hugely benefit from cost-savings due to reduced expenditures for cooling and power, it is very much worth the shift. What factors outside of the DC could play into making this shift easier?
Elevator: Lobby

SL: Well, I’m not sure that lobbying is the answer, though it may help. Really I was asking about computer manufacturers making the shift to properly-matched and high efficiency power supplies and processors. New technologies are making it easier for younger companies to go green, and older hosts are left trying to figure out how they can turn thousands of antiquated servers into efficient appliances. This goes back to your earlier comment regarding starting out with a solid plan making it easier to
Elevator: Ding

SL: Don’t interrupt me. Easier to maintain a plan than adjust and retrofit to a new one.
Elevator: Second Floor

SL: I’m not sure why you said that, it doesn’t make any sense. Having a host that doesn’t play catch-up constantly benefits the customer in several
Elevator: Ding

SL: Stop it.
Elevator: Third Floor

SL: You’re an idiot. I’m going to go interview the printer.

Comments

June 20th, 2007 at 3:00pm

Did you try to talk with servers?))))

June 20th, 2007 at 5:28pm

that's pretty clever. is this a running series?? :)

June 20th, 2007 at 5:34pm

Well thank you sir, might be now. ;) And to dialup--I'm pretty sure we all have at some point.

June 21st, 2007 at 12:14pm

Servers sometimes need a little sweet talking to do what you want. Don't do it too often or else they'll call you the "server whisperer".

June 21st, 2007 at 12:31pm

2Kevin:
This sweet talking is called "dancing with tambourine" by russian server administrators.

June 21st, 2007 at 12:54pm

Interesting. Dancing with tambourine is also Kevin's American Indian name.

June 27th, 2007 at 10:52am

hahaha. The interview with the printer should be a good one. Got live feed?? RSS?

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June 20th, 2007 at 3:00pm

Did you try to talk with servers?))))

June 20th, 2007 at 5:28pm

that's pretty clever. is this a running series?? :)

June 20th, 2007 at 5:34pm

Well thank you sir, might be now. ;) And to dialup--I'm pretty sure we all have at some point.

June 21st, 2007 at 12:14pm

Servers sometimes need a little sweet talking to do what you want. Don't do it too often or else they'll call you the "server whisperer".

June 21st, 2007 at 12:31pm

2Kevin:
This sweet talking is called "dancing with tambourine" by russian server administrators.

June 21st, 2007 at 12:54pm

Interesting. Dancing with tambourine is also Kevin's American Indian name.

June 27th, 2007 at 10:52am

hahaha. The interview with the printer should be a good one. Got live feed?? RSS?

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