The fragmented nature of the mission critical industry was perhaps never more obvious than the week of November 15th. I spent the early part of the week at the 7x24Exchange, which as usual, was a terrific event in a sunny location. Kirk Lippold, commander of the USS Cole on the day it was attacked, delivered a terrific keynote address. Representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and ASHRAE addressed the group, and so did Dean Nelson of eBay and Data Center Pulse. I hope to provide more information about these activities in the next few weeks. Mission Critical was active at this event, too, and we are preparing a 2010 webinar series that I hope you will find breathtaking in scope.

I flew home in time to moderate the penultimate webinar of 2010, which was sponsored by Future Facilities. The following day, Thursday, the BrightTalk network hosted a day-long series of webinars. I couldn’t attend, but I’m sure it was also well done. Wright-Line also hosted an educational webinar this week. Of course, I don’t mean to slight Interop 09 or the Supercomputing show, which also all took place this week.

The purpose of all these events, education. And while I haven’t spoken yet to all the organizers the attendance I’m sure reflects the demand that I know exists for education, standards development, and enhanced sharing of common experiences.

Mission Critical is proud to be involved in so many of these efforts, and also to support AFCOM, Climate Savers, the Green Grid, the Uptime Institute and DataCenterDynamics. 

We expect these groups to continue their efforts in 2010, and we hope to continue to earn your trust as a reliable information provider.

If you can’t get to any of the events sponsored by these groups, please remember to take advantage of the webinars. And remember to ask for more information, we’re happy to provide what we can and to work with our partners to develop new programs to get information out there.