As we move into a new world of computing, one that's very mobile and cloud-centered, there's a lot of adjustment to do in our minds and a lot of thinking about how to develop and support this environment. Data centers are one piece of that puzzle along with new thinking.
There's a great article today on Fortune's website by Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. It talks about this new environment and includes this interesting thought:
"The employees we are hiring right out of school are appalled by the technology we use to run our companies. They are more productive at home than they are in the office."
Cities like Plattsburgh with its remarkably cheap power can contribute mightily in the infrastructure support that data centers can provide for the cloud and the environment that is evolving. And, with its quality of life features (including a walkable downtown with a variety of caffeine- and wifi-equipped venues), it can provide support for the people who are developing and using the new environment.
The article is called "The end of Microsoft. A door opens to a new cloud." It's an interesting take on the future.