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Data Center’s Back to the Future

When I graduated from University, I worked for Control Data and one of my jobs while there was AIC (Analyst In Charge) of a data center operation.  It was my job to ensure the multi million dollar mainframes ran smoothly.  If problems occurred it was my job to ascertain whether it was a hardware or software issue and coordinate its resolution.  Those were the days when the cost of computers and running computer applications was so exorbitant only a few could justify the cost.  Sharing, that is, timesharing, became an economical way for many companies to use central processing technology through data center operations.  Initially the processing power was shared through batch processing, that is, submitting computer programs through card decks to run.  Then came dumb terminals and batch terminals making RJE (Remote Job Entry) easier using telephone lines, either leased lines or dial-up lines.

Today timesharing has been relabeled cloud computing by the sheeple herders and we’re moving back to the past in a lot of perspectives.  The information pioneer paths of yesterday have been replaced by information superhighways of fibre, copper, cable and wireless mediums.  This is being driven by the Internet whose creation was based on an open distributed architecture with no single point of failure.  For instance, social media networking, like Facebook, are examples of centralized processing, and we use the Internet to access those applications. 

Co-location facilities are another type of data center where companies store and run their servers to take advantage of economies of scale associated with power, air conditioning, and bandwidth.  They are basically a secure and fail safe environment which was once the domain of companies offering disaster backup facilities.

Yesterday’s data centers today are called cloud data centers and will inevitably become community cloud data centers.  These community data centers or community media centers, or whatever their designation, will fulfill local economic empowerment through insourcing, not outsourcing.  These data centers will share processing, and storage facilities, and even disaster backup facilities, all locally in the community, because the economies of scale are there to empower the community with their own resources.

Back to the Future can all be brought about by another type of DeLorean, a Community Development Cooperative.

What Happen$ in the Community $tay$ in the Community!


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