Best of the Data Center Blogs, August 16th

This week's notable blog posts: Fun and unusual HTTP headers, pitfalls of a telework strategy, a "shopping guide" for a data center RFP, and the difference between private and government data centers.

Here’s a roundup of some interesting items we came across this week in our reading of data center industry blogs:

Fun and unusual HTTP response headers - A fun post from the Pingdom blog: "HTTP response headers are usually pretty dry reading, but once in a blue moon you do stumble upon something that makes you smile. Here are some of our favorites. We’ve bolded the interesting parts, and included the other headers for context."

Need a new data center? Here’s a shopping guide - From Barb Darrow at GigaOm Cloud: "For most tech companies, the process of selecting a data center partner and building out the facility itself is shrouded in secrecy. All parties to the transaction are usually bound by strict non-disclosure agreements. Not so for Backblaze. The San Mateo, CA., company, which offers a cloud-based data backup service, is in the market for a new data center and isn’t shy about discussing it. In fact, it’s posting a link to its RFP on its blog."

Pitfalls of a Telework DR Strategy - From Ron LaPedis at the SunGard Availability Services Blog: "I am seeing more and more companies implementing telework as a workplace recovery strategy, and can’t help wondering if the planners truly thought through all the implications of their decision. When an incident occurs, it is imperative that your critical employees get back to work no matter why they cannot be in the office. And in most cases, telework will not meet this key objective."

Federal Data Centers and the Duke of Wellington - Just like many private businesses that are actively engaged in consolidating older, inefficient data centers, the government’s consolidation project was initiated to reduce operational costs. Unfortunately, unlike the private sector there is no financial penalty for the government’s failure to achieve its goals.