With A Single Step
Also published on LinkedIN
Three months ago, I shared a Linkedin post which announced the forming of Infrastructure Masons, a new industry group of technologists and business professionals responsible for building and operating the structures of the digital age.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
In May, we held our first member meet-up in Santa Clara, California. This was an invitation only event for our End User members to network, discuss disruptive and innovative technology, collaborate with venture capitalists, and give back. I was pleasantly surprised with the the attendance. Over 70 infrastructure leaders from Apple, Box, Ebay, Ericsson, Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, Google, Netflix, PayPal, Pinterest, Stanford, Tesla, Yahoo and more, started the conversation. You can see pictures on the iMason Facebook page, and the summary video of the event here.
I have always had a strong belief in the power of community. When like-minded people focus on a common purpose, they can drive meaningful change. The inaugural iMasons event was the first step in this journey. To facilitate member discussions and debates, I hand selected two partners to participate in the event: 6Fusion and Dell DCS.
“Can we treat IT infrastructure like a Utility?”
6fusion is a little company with a big idea. They believe by implementing a standard unit of measure for compute, they can create the next utility. Their standard, the Workload Allocation Cube (WAC), identifies six basic infrastructure elements required for any application deployment. Their collectors will tell you your WAC capacity, consumption and market cost. As we had hoped, this produced some lively debate at the iMasons event. Rob Bissett, Chief Strategy Officer from 6fusion, joined me in an Infrastructure Matters episode to explain more. You can contact Rob (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you have further questions.
The iMason attendees were able to see Triton, a product developed by Dell DCS, before it was released to the public. Triton is a fully integrated liquid cooled rack of 96 servers packed with optimized Intel CPUs (Intel Xeon processor E5-2679 v4) that are no longer bound by the thermal limitations of air cooling. By implementing direct touch liquid cooling, users can push the gas pedal on these CPUs to drive maximum performance per watt and per dollar. Triton is much more than a new product release; it is the result of a 7 year journey focused on balancing the elements of the infrastructure ecosystem to enable high performance compute productivity in hyper-scale deployments. Austin Shelnutt, Principle Thermal Architect at Dell, joined me in an Infrastructure Matters episode to explain this disruptive technology.
The iMasons event was a great success with new relationships formed, business opportunities opened, disruptive ideas discussed, and money raised for a good cause. Just by attending, our members helped raise $50,000 for the new Just Let Me Learn school in Sesawng, India. Our generous sponsors donated on their behalf, making this the most successful Geeks Giving Back fundraiser to date. We’ll be sharing more about the Sesawng project in future Infrastructure Matters episodes.
As of this posting, our End User and Partner Groups have exceeded 500 members.
As DCD reported in the IMasons Get To Work article, the first 50 members of this group represented over $50Bn in infrastructure projects in over 50 countries. That number continues to increase along with our membership.
The End User and Partner Advisor Council members and I are busy finalizing the group charter, partnerships, and operating rhythms. We will be sharing more information over the next few months.
Thank you for your interest, and your participation.
Dean – Solidum Fundamentum