In the data center world, we read and hear so much about new technologies. We strive for the best new design criteria, appropriate tier rating, and PUE. We have cloud choices, temperature parameters, when to involve commissioning (BTW as early as possible,) DCIM, and to HPC or not to HPC. All critically important and the list goes on and on. However, we don’t talk enough or read about one of the most critically important factors in our industry, the “R” factor. Our relationships are the success behind it all. The differentiator, of course, is knowing the right qualified person and company to achieve success.
The data center relationship is not just the five 99999’s of Uptime that we all recognize. Rather, it is the data center relationships that are a different number all together, a one followed by two zeros, the 100% uptime of relationships both professional and personal. In the U.S., our small industry is approximately +10,000 professionals with a projected global revenue of $36 billion by 2017. However small in numbers, we remain an integral part of the e-commerce of the U.S and the world. We all recognize this as, of course, “mission critically” important.