I spoke at my son’s school for Career Day a couple of years ago. I talked about my time as a newspaper reporter and basic news writing principles such as the five Ws, attribution and the inverted pyramid. There’s a chance I’ll return this year to talk about being a Data Center manager, which has me pondering what Data Center basics to cover.
If you had to explain Data Center fundamentals to a newcomer, what would you talk about? Availability? Power density? The fact that everything people do online is enabled by a Data Center somewhere?
I might not be a newspaper reporter anymore but I still believe in attribution so I intend to have documentation for each of the concepts I present. Here are the six white papers and case studies I consider essential reading for anyone who wants to learn about key Data Center concepts and issues.
Do you agree? What other papers, if any, would you recommend?