Friday, June 09, 2006

I can only assume that Jonathan is shorting oil

If Jonathan Schwartz mentions the massive power consumption of his customers' data centres one more time I might start to get angry. I *get* it! :-)

He does, of course, have a point; the amount of heat pumped out by my humble ThinkPad does not go unnoticed when it's sitting on my lap on a warm day; I dread to think how much heat is being pumped out of all the data centres in the world.

I think his relentless harping on about this subject could be more evidence that our industry is finally maturing. Implicit in his comments is the hint that he's selling commodity boxes and differentiates himself on things like power consumption. Taken with Vinnie Mirchandani's ongoing campaign to get corporates to start looking at their phone bills, there's more than a small risk that everything's about to get very boring indeed :-)

3 comments:

Vinnie Mirchandani said...

actually even more than telecom the real empty calories as I wrote in a previous post are in software maintenance contracts and outsourcing contracts. Once those get to rational levels, the savings will be used for really innovative technology ...so things will get exciting again, but not for incumbent large vendors just hanging on to the old contracts...just talking about innovation and sponsoring innovation research ain't going to make them innvoative

Chris H said...

I've had to work out how much heat our new datacentre will pump out. Its roughly the equivalent to 4 30,000 BTU/hr house heaters. I'm pretty sure we could probably heat the building from it. I was amazed about the ammount of heat, oh yeh its based on IBM kit too so I wonder how different Sun's kit really is hmmm......

Richard Brown said...

Fair point, Vinnie... guess I just heard what I wanted to hear :-)