I was recently exploring GE’s visualization blog and came across an interesting network visualization illustrating relationships between various medical conditions. Did you know that migraines are most strongly correlated with neck sprains? See the visualization here:
This got me thinking. Can the same thing be done for the data center industry? I intend to to find out. Here’s what I have in mind.
Why am I doing this study?
The data center industry, which has been growing like gangbusters, has attracted a lot of new people to the field. At a trade show in Chicago last week, an individual approached our group to ask: “I’m new to data centers, where do you all go to get information or research issues?” One gentleman answered: “go to the Uptime show”, another said: “I watched this great webinar by RF Code”, another referred to some groups on LinkedIn. I mentioned DC Huddle of course. With this recent interaction in mind, and the inspiration of the visualization technology, I thought it would be interesting to see how information gets passed around. For example:
- Where is the best place to go to learn about new technology or new ideas?
- Where does the industry turn for Best Practices?
- Does the industry absorb new ideas more effectively from Uptime or a webinar?
- Which ideas stick after a tradeshow? Which fall through the cracks?
My hope is that I can answer these types of questions and more. I hope to find some surprises, or at least some non-intuitive insights. And, I’ll share whatever I find with you, right here on the blog.
Survey Closed. See the results here.