Last week, I noted that Uptime Institute would soon unveil the second issue of The Uptime Institute Journal. At the time, I was working with our art director, David Wilson, and executive editor Matt Stansberry to finalize the pages before shipping them to the printer. In a few minutes, I’ll get to see the first results of that work: print proofs. As editor, these, for me, are the first tangible results of months of work by many people, especially the authors, but also the technical editors, Lee Kirby and Rob Costa, and publisher Julian Kudritzki, as well as Matt and Dave. As the old joke goes, if you like what you see, thank them. If not, well, then just blame me. Perhaps I didn’t tell that right?
We’ll have the first copies available at the Uptime Institute Network‘s fall meeting. And right after that we’ll be distributing copies free of charge to Network members, Accredited Tier Designers/Accredited Tier Specialists and Tier-Certified facilities. We’ll be charging only for shipping and handling ($15 U.S. in North America, and $50 internationally). These charges only apply if you are unable to pick up your copy at one of our events, meetings or offices.
The second issue, which is almost one-third longer than our first issue, is full of terrific content. Here’s what you’ll find in this issue.
From Uptime Institute
It begins with a personal tribute to Uptime Institute founder Ken Brill (p.4) by Chief Operating Officer Julian Kudritzki. Julian started out in this industry as one of Ken’s employees, and the personal nature of the story is unmistakable; the focus, however, remains on Ken’s passions and demonstrates that he is still providing leadership in the industry.
Lee Kirby, now Uptime Institute’s senior vice president, Institute Services, also wrote an article that had great personal meaning for him (p.76). As a military veteran, Lee saw that his fellow veterans could be trained to address a looming staffing shortage in the data center industry, creating a benefit for the veterans and the industry.
And while I’m talking about personal experiences, Debbie Seidman, Uptime Institute senior consultant, and Vince Renaud, CTO, undertook an effort to document how data centers responded to the havoc wreaked by Superstorm Sandy (p. 96). The quotes reveal that industry people responded well and bravely to the dangerous situations spawned by the storm.
And finally, an article that I wrote (p.6) provides an opportunity for readers to get to know the faces behind the North American, Latin American and EMEA networks.
From Our Network Members
We have some other great articles from Pitt Turner and Matt Stansberry, which I’ll cover in future blogs, but the bulk of the book comes from the work and dedication of Uptime Institute Network members and other industry experts.
Some of these are personal, too. For example RagingWire’s COO Jason Weckworth relates an anecdote in which he barely escapes being fired, as he discusses the need for transparency in the industry (p. 46).
Digital Realty’s Dave Schirmacher (p. 54) talks about Digital’s DCIM implementation. But even this is a personal account, as I learned when talking to Dave about his passion for data. “Imagine what I could do if I had all the data I wanted,” Dave told me when he joined Digital, “Now I can do it.”
Juan Miguel Duran wrote what is perhaps my favorite story in the whole issue, as he tells about the Tier Certification process from Entel’s perspective (p. 64). His discussion of risks and mitigation are about as frank a disclosure as anything I have read in any publication.
Network members contributed other articles as well, including a very good one on diesel generator exhaust aftertreatment systems by Lamont Fortune. I’ll be writing more about Lamont’s article and the other technical pieces in coming weeks.
But, for today, I wanted to point out how much of the work in the industry gets done because it is personally important to its leaders.
Look for ordering information on our website in a few days. Meanwhile, I have to get back to checking proofs.