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DC Deconstructed – 2011 Year In Review

December 14, 2011
at 10:00 am PST

Congratulations on a great first year for your Data Center Deconstructed blog.

I say yours because you choose the subject matter through the questions you submit.  Sure, I do the writing and video production but really I’m just the chauffer.  My hands are on the steering wheel; you decide where we go.

As we come to the end of the road that is 2011, let’s check the rearview mirror and see the most popular stops along our path.  Here are the Data Center Deconstructed topics that garnered the most attention this year:

  • Why so serious?  Data Centers are critical for their companies but that doesn’t mean folks who work in and around them are all business all the time.  Data Center Deconstructed’s most popular video by far was I Saw What You Patched Last Summer, the horror movie trailer of unruly data cabling.  Also cracking the top five:   The Data Center Infomercial, promoting the coolest Data Center gadget you never knew you needed.
  • Thinking inside the box.  Cisco’s newest Data Center, which opened in North Carolina this year, includes both an in-building and a containerized facility.  Videos for each, Welcoming a New Family Member and You Can’t Stop Compute, You Can Only Hope to Contain It, ranked third and fourth in views.
  • Parting the clouds.  Despite (or perhaps because of) being two of the biggest IT buzzwords in the last few years – many people are unclear about what cloud computing and virtualization are and how they differ from one another.  Parting the Clouds and Getting Real About Virtualization was viewed throughout the year for its clear and concise discussion of the terms.

Honorable mention goes to 8 Simple Rules For Improving a Data Center.  Filled with helpful operational tips, this video was posted just last month but is already becoming one of the most widely viewed Data Center Deconstructed entries. 

What’s in store for 2012?   Reader questions,  live blogging from a Data Center conference, more reader questions, an opportunity to meet The Ultimate Data Center Manager, and -- you guessed it -- still more reader questions!

Best wishes for the new year.

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