In technology, competition truly is the mother of innovation.
The first round of the Project Quicksilver competition is complete! Through the months of August and September we received 68 requests to participate in eBay's second public Data Center RFP codenamed Project Quicksilver. 61 companies qualified, and 20 submitted design proposals by the October 7th deadline. Today we have selected the 5 finalists based on a comprehensive and balanced scoring system that rated each companies submission based on the design concept, team capabilities, overall operational efficiency, sustainability and cost.
It can be really frustrating as a job seeker to have an interviewer ask "why have you moved around so much?" Of course you'd like to say what you feel, but that won't go over well, so you come up with some other answer that is "interview correct".
But really, why do many of us move around so much these days? There are some obvious answers; layoffs, bad leadership, termination, poor fit, better opportunity, etc., etc. I happen to believe that there are deeper underlying reasons and that the above are but the symptoms. Loyalty (or lack thereof) being the primary reason!
The word du jour at least in the data center space is "Modularity". The only word used more often and loosely in the IT space is "Cloud". Even though the two words "Modularity" and "Cloud" are hyped, it doesn't mean there aren't real opportunities in both areas of technology. The trick is in understanding how the terms should be used, and where and how they should be applied.
Earlier this week we pre-announced that Ebay will be launching another public Modular Data Center RFP through Data Center Pulse. This is the second round of the public RFP process. Project Mercury, which was the result of the first public RFP, will finish commissioning by the end of this month and will be fully operational by October. Today we formally announce project Quicksilver. Quicksilver is Liquid Metal Mercury that moves and changes very quickly. Besides the obvious play on the Mercury name, we picked this name because it represents the capability we are looking for in data center portfolio. How can we create a generic, flexible data center infrastructure that can move and change with our business needs?
As you will see, we are taking the public RFP to the next level. The video below gives more insight into the project by describing the Scope, Requirements, Process and Schedule.
You can watch the project page for all of the updates as we go through this journey. My team, partners and suppliers have done incredible things in Project Mercury. I look forward to the next phase in our evolution as we execute Project Quicksilver.
Interested parties, should email email@example.com for more information.
When I read about a data center like the new Facebook facility in Princeville Oregon being commissioned and learn of all the innovations I'm heartened at the headway our industry is making, but I'm also forced to think of an analogy. The Facebook facility is very much like the NASA space program, there's lots of great tech created, but it takes a while before Tang is in everyone's fridge. Ewe, I can still remember the taste of that orange colored vile brew.
Last month, we killed our first eBay data center. Don’t worry, it had it coming...
I arrived early at the eBay San Jose campus as the rain continued to drench northern California. I joined a group of lively eBay employees from technology operations, product development and IT on a bus headed to Sacramento. We were on a journey to put our oldest data center to rest. This journey had started over a year and a half earlier, long before I had joined eBay. At that time, an aggressive plan was put into motion. The goal was to consolidate the data center portfolio to decrease costs, increase our availability and take eBay to the next level of Operational agility. It was a lofty goal.
eBay, like many of the rising star Silicon Valley companies, had been in constant react mode to keep up with demand. They had amassed a data center portfolio that spanned three states and in twelve different data center sites. Eight years earlier, the Sacramento data center (SMF) was the first to be brought online as a disaster recovery location and it was supposed to be temporary. It quickly expanded to become much more than that. When the idea of shutting it down was raised, the feeling was it was too big a task, too complex and too costly to execute. It would be like rebuilding the engine of a jumbo jet while you were in flight.
After some time of blogging on my Dutch website (www.janwiersma.com ), some of my English friends asked me if I could re-publish and extend some of them in English. This way the knowledge can be shared with a bigger audience.
While my English writing style definitely needs some work, I will give it a go at my DCP blog.