We tecchies are a weird bunch. We equate everything to mythical figures and mysterious characters. All around at SoftLayer, you can see and hear references to nerdy and mysterious things. From Brad's incessant General Grievous-ish throat clearing, to FreeBSD's 'beastie' daemon:
Copyright 1988 by Marshall Kirk McKusick.
Mythical figures surround us all the time. IT guys tend to have a reputation for being a little, well, different, than the rest of the world. Now that you're shaking your head, wondering what I'm rabbling about, allow me to introduce the one mythical figure that reigns supreme, especially here at SoftLayer. That's right, it's the Ninja.
That's right, we've taken one of the most ridiculously awesome figures in modern mythology, and verbed it. Not sure what verbing is? Allow me to utilize one of my personal favorite comic strips as a visual:
by Bill Watterson.
The ninja has a couple of meanings here at SoftLayer. Allow me to give a few examples:
- To Steal, as in a ticket that looked interesting or challenging: "Dude, you totally ninja'd that Network Question ticket from me! I'm interested to know what you did to diagnose and fix it!"
- To fix an issue, against all probability that it is even fixable: "Wow, I thought that database was hosed. He totally ninja'd that, and now it works like a charm."
The above are just two of the many examples of ninjas in our datacenter. It's just one of the many ways we separate ourselves from the pack. Our responsibilities are not only demanding, but unrelenting. While we take these many responsibilities quite seriously (such as our commitment to the best support in the industry), we are always quick to lighten each other up. As our big boss would say it: "We are defining new standards and setting the tone for others to follow. Leading by example, pushing our luck, and having fun every step of the way." Working at (and hosting at) SoftLayer is about kicking butt, leaving others in the dust, and relishing in every minute of it.