So Ashton Bothman, social media goddess for Juniper Networks, dropped off a datacenter kit (right) for me last week. Alas, there were no actual routers in the gallon zipperbag, but that’s probably for the best.
I was chosen as one of about a dozen people to take a bag of Legos and a large gray building base, and build “The Best (Lego) Data Center.” It’s a charity thing; each participant gets to direct a donation to a 501(c)3 charity of their choice, and the best ones get a bigger donation to direct. And we get to play with Lego for a good cause.
So I got to thinking about the three datacenters I’ve worked in most. One was a Savvis facility in San Francisco, another was the Equinix SV2 center in Santa Clara, and a third was Switch in Las Vegas. They each had unique quirks which I thought I could integrate without violating any NDAs or getting kicked out of any of them.
We were allowed to add pieces that didn’t come in the kit. I had a little box of Lego my friend Derek gave me when he was cleaning out his storage unit, and I did go out and spend $7.99+tax of my own money to get a kit for the two mini-figs that came with it. I hadn’t realized at the time that I had the box from Derek, or that there were a couple of figures in the Juniper kit.
But at the most obvious level, Juniper provided the foundation for my datacenter. So I don’t think they’ll mind my going a bit overboard with added parts.
Let’s take a tour of the datacenter, shall we? Please leave your food and drink outside the computer, and we do not advise flash photography.
Thank you for touring my data center.
If you’d like to see some of the other data centers on the tour circuit, here are the ones I’ve found.
- Tom @networkingnerd Hollingsworth
- Ivan @ioshints Pepelnjak
- Amy @amyengineer Arnold
- Stephen @sfoskett Foskett
If anyone else would like to be linked, let me know. Looking forward to hearing next week who Juniper chooses as the top datacenter builders!