AFCOM President Tom Roberts contributed a wonderful opinion piece to Data Center Knowledge the other day, “A Great Time to be in the Data Center Industry.”
Here is our favorite part–in the final section, Partners Abound:
“The good news is you won’t have any problem finding companies that not only speak our language, but do it fluently. The challenge is to find one that will work with you, and at the same time, bring fresh ideas to the table. I recommend you zero in on those that not only understand, listen, and contribute, but that fit your culture too—a major factor in the selection process.
Your company is likely one of three types: A process culture defines a company that likes to follow the letter of the law and doesn’t want to bend or break any; a normative culture that has very stringent procedures and very high standards of ethics, and procedures match ethics; or a cross between the two – a collaborative culture – that suggests a higher threshold for creativity and willingness to combine efforts.”
As a company that proudly self-identifies as a collaborative culture, we would like to add that the true joy and excitement of our new age of the data center is that it brings customization to a new level.
As a first-party provider that both owns and operates all its facilities, NYI has spent the past 17+ years working with customers to craft highly customized deployments. What has made the current ecosystem the rich and exciting place it’s become is the tools.
For instance, with the recent rise of the enterprise Cloud, powered by VMware, customers can combine traditional facilities-based Colocation with Cloud instances that can be migrated between the real and the virtual at a moment’s notice, all the while maintaining real-time consistency with back-office business processes is not something that could be imagined even a few years ago.
Where this new environment will take us, is anybody’s guess. We would like to think that in the future even the most rigid, process-minded data center firms will be on notice to Collaborators like NYI.