Data Center Links: Gill Exits Google, Dell-Brocade

Networking executive Vijay Gill departs Google (apparently for Microsoft), Wikibon weighs in on Dell-Brocade rumors, credit union data center recovers after swans fly into power lines, BusinessWeek profile on how "Rackspace beat the behemoths."

Here's our review of noteworthy links for the data center industry for June 3rd:

Google network and data center chief departs - Vijay Gill – who spent three years overseeing Google's famously distributed backend infrastructure – has left the company, according to his LinkedIn profile. Gill's LinkedIn profile indicates he left Google last month, and his current job is listed as "Engineering Director" at "TBD" in "internet industry." In an update, The Register reports that Gill has moved to Microsoft. Vijay takes issue with the thrust of the Register article, and responds on his blog.

Why Dell acquiring Brocade would be a Bad Idea - From the Wikibon blog: "There are some rumors today emanating from the financial community about Dell potentially acquiring Brocade. The Brocade acquisition rumor happens once every few months, and Dell always gets included in the bucket of viable acquirers. However, if I am Dell, it just doesn’t make sense to spend in the neighborhood of $5 billion to buy Brocade."

Swans Smack Data Center Power Lines - A pair of swooping swans sent staffers scurrying and put the disaster recovery support system to the test recently at a Michigan credit union data center. From Credit Union Times.

How Rackspace Beats the Behemoths - From BusinessWeek profile: "Rackspace shares, up almost tenfold since early 2009, are trading near an all-time high of $46 per share, valuing the company at more than $5.6 billion. Customers include 40 percent of the top U.S. companies by revenues. "