Best of the Data Center Blogs, June 12th

This week's notable blog posts: Kevin Timmons of CyrusOne looks at commonalities among "data center guys," Chris Crobsy at Compass blogs on data center business models, Damien Wells at Schneider continues his series on economizers, and Barb Darrow at GigaOm takes a closer look at NASA's cloud plans.

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

Datacenter Guys - Kevin Timmons of CyrusOne has a new blog at Fresh Air, where one of his first posts addresses commonalities among the data center tribe. "People call me a 'datacenter guy.' Collectively, they call us all 'datacenter guys'. Some of the best datacenter guys I’ve known are women, but they’re still 'datacenter guys.' I’ve been thinking a lot lately during my travels as to what it means to be a datacenter guy. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far."

You May Be Evolving, I Just Want It to Work - Compass Datacenters CEO Chris Crosby writes on the Compass Points blog: "Data center business models seem to be evolving nowadays. This evolution can be quite a tricky thing as scientists now view the evolutionary model as more of a shrub than a tree. What this means from a practical perspective is that you are as likely to evolve yourself right out of existence as you are to taking your place as the next link in the chain."

Metrics and Economizer Mode Data Center Cooling - Damien Wells at Schneider Electric continues his informative series on economizer options: " economizer modes used with cooling towers are subject to the most water consumption compared to some other types of economizer modes due to the evaporation of water in the cooling tower. This is because the evaporation process occurs continuously all year round. The evaporative assist component of the other economizer modes consumes water to a much lesser extent since it only uses the evaporative assist process during the hotter periods of the year."

Did NASA ditch OpenStack for Amazon? - Barb Darrow at GigaOm is the latest blogger to examine NASA's cloud computing priorities: "If folks were given to reading tea leaves, they might read a lot into a recent blog post by NASA CIO Linda Cureton in which she discussed IT reform at the U.S. space agency. ... What she did not mention was anything about OpenStack, the infrastructure as a service platform that grew out of initial work by NASA and Rackspace."