Punked in the Data Center

How would you react if a visitor to your data center took out a pair of scissors and cut through an Ethernet cable? Even better: How would your company’s director of engineering react? The folks at Isilon Systems teamed with magician Scott Tokar to have some sport with Kiran Bhageshpur, Isilon’s director of engineering, who thinks he’s making a video promoting network attached storage. Watch this video for the drama and then check out the explanation of how the trick was executed. This video runs about 2 minutes, 20 seconds.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. john doe

    LOL...that was awesome

  2. Ken Baker

    The video says go to the website, click on the "i" in the lower right hand side of the site, and you will be told how the trick is done. Great! Only there is no "i" to click on. Extremely poor marketing execution.

  3. Ken: I had trouble with that also. That's why I included the direct link in the article. Here it is again: http://www.isilon.com/TrickUniversity/

  4. Hm

    Really ugly unmanageable cabling in that DC.

  5. The "i" is up and running at http://www.Isilon.com Just checked and all is well! Enjoy!

  6. It's 11:39PM CST (GMT -6), and the little 'i' is there. Running Google Chrome 32-bit in Ubuntu 9.10.

  7. DaveG

    As the owner of that datacenter, I must include a disclaimer, it's an engineering lab not a production datacenter, hence the cable mess. Which in practice is quite manageable considering cables are re-run constantly. And the colors signify length of cable.