Author Archive: Scott Lopano

July 30, 2010

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

All of my life I have been awkward in some way or another; afro in middle school, braces in high school, soccer player in a football loving town, not to mention that I have tripped at least once a day for roughly 11 years now. The most frustrating however, is that from middle school through high school, when clothing actually mattered, I was always too tall and too skinny to make any of the trendy threads fit me. Have you ever been able to find 28X33 jeans? I sure couldn’t. So I settled for 30X32’s and everyone enjoyed the visible cinch in my waist from my belt and a nice view of my sweet white tube socks shining from right below the cuff of my jeans.

When I was a kid, I could’ve sworn that we had a magical washing machine, because in the few instances when I actually found a nice small shirt that didn’t make me look like I had a blanket draped over my skinny bones, I went home, washed it like every normal human being does and presto chango, the drying machine would spit out a crop top circa 1980. Unless you are shopping for dress shirts or online, this predicament still haunts young, preteen boys such as my old self.

I’m sure that you can imagine my frustration as I always wished that someone would just offer more customization and options to provide me with a better fit. Instead of satisfying the customer, these companies limited their customer base by expecting the customer to bend and adjust to the options of the provider. But who is the servicer and who is supposed to getting serviced? Fortunately for those out there looking for cloud computing instances equipped with specific and varying RAM, CPU and storage needs, look no further. Softlayer Technologies now offers a revolutionary new service called Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC for short) that allows you to completely customize your cloud service and tailor it to your exact specifications. BYOC is featured in reviews by both Neovise and PCWorld. Neovise praises the new development stating that “This new ability to personalize the size and price of cloud servers can benefit every SoftLayer customer." The impressive part of this development is that we are the first and only ones offering such a service and once again we are on the cutting edge of technology and leading the way for other hosting services to follow. After all, in the words of Nathan Day, Softlayer’s CTO, “One thing we’ve learned along the way is that one size doesn’t fit all. (PCWorld)” So when considering who can meet your needs the best, just remember that at Softlayer, you can have it your way.

-Scott

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July 7, 2010

World Cup Woes

Watching the World Cup has been an inspiring and nostalgic experience. The nostalgia stems from my love of soccer and my days of passing, scoring, sliding and of course being off-sides. Although I love the game and have enjoyed watching this 2010 World Cup, the world and I have been extremely frustrated by the terrible officiating. The World Cup is such a profound, global sporting event that largely important factors ride on every goal.

English midfielder Frank Lampard’s stunning shot careened off the woodwork and bounced inside the goal (proven without doubt by the replay flashing on the screen) and yet was called a “no goal” by the referee whose view of the bounce was blocked by the keeper. A goal then could have changed the outcome of the game for England. Instead, because of FIFA’s insolence, England was eliminated, millions of dollars were lost, a country was put to shame and fans and players alike are left wondering, what if? As for the Americans, our country was finally bonding together over soccer; games were being watched everywhere with record setting support not only watching on TV, but also present in South Africa. However, this world cup will forever be tainted by the botched calls from referees in multiple games. In order to solve the problem, FIFA has been confronted on the issue and they are refusing to accept the idea of allowing replay technology or goal line cameras to assist referees in their game calling. They have even gone as far as to block replays from being played on the big screen during games in order to hide any bad calls that are made and hence are closer to taking a step backward, then moving forward!

Thinking about the solutions available for FIFA has made me think a little bit about Softlayer. Since I have started here, I have soaked up all the knowledge I can about our services and the industry in general. Since then, I have noticed one key way to utilize our services to a firms advantage; specialization. FIFA refuses to outsource part of their officiating to more accurate instant replay technology void of any human error. My point is that much like FIFA, if you allow those with better resources, more knowledge and more power help you with one aspect of your operations, your infrastructure will be exponentially more impressive and better protected. Think of us as the goalie protecting your valuable systems, the Adidas F50 adiZeros giving you blazing connection speed and the scrappy midfielder who can handle any demand in bandwidth thrown his way. Without the help of technology, FIFA is basically running in 2nd gear and embarrassing themselves while making a big joke out of the most popular sport in the world. So if you’re stuck in 2nd gear, barely keeping up with traffic, allow Softlayer to handle your infrastructure and take you to your top speed.

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