We become accustomed to focusing on details, so much so that it is hard to imagine how our efforts can affect something much beyond today’s set of tasks, our current projects, and perhaps something bigger somewhere. I know I experience a sense of control when tackling small projects with looming deadlines that is somehow lacking when I’m dealing with a bigger project.
Mission Critical has often applauded
the efforts of those who take a step back and examine the global
impact of our work in the mission critical industry. I’d like to
call out the original founders of the 7x24Exchange and the Uptime
Institute and their successors. Certainly Len Eckhaus was ahead of
the curve when he founded AFCOM. Dan Scarbrough, George Rockett, and
Stephen Worn deserve credit for their efforts at Data Center
Dynamics. And I would be remiss if I didn’t single out Dean Nelson
and Mark Thiele for initiating the Data Center Pulse. And
contributors to The Green Grid deserve a shout out too. I’ve
omitted hundreds of others, so please forgive me for any
Even the earliest of these leaders
couldn’t imagine a time when data centers would operate at such
high power densities. Similarly the early astronauts could not
imagine a time when space junk would imperil satellites, and yet here
we are. The accumulation of small decisions has led us to crises that
human ingenuity must resolve.
am an optimist. It cheers me to think that we have in our power the
ability to figure out how to clear the junk from space and resolve
density issues in our data centers.
why this month’s cover story discomfits me so. Not everything is in
our control. Perhaps we can control the unintended consequences of
unexpected growth or check the results of the Butterfly effect, but
we certainly cannot control the sun and the way it affects the
planet. It is clear that some force larger than the earth has pushed
the planet into and out of ice ages and mini ice ages and towards
global warming. Our cover story this month on sunspots (see p. xx)
provides a warning to prepare for the truly unpredictable and to try
to manage the uncontrollable.
Ken Uhlman of
Eaton and Jim Vanderpas of UTC teamed up to do a review of the more
down to earth developments in data center practice. They were
gracious enough to allow Mission Critical to run excerpts of a much
longer white paper. Please download this whitepaper. It is available
at our website.
I’d also like to recommend
Bruce Myatt’s critical look at the status of LEED for data centers
and Dennis Cronin’s discussion of greenfield construction. I’m
very proud of this issue and hope that you find it to be informative
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Editorial: In This Issue
April 1, 2009