Top 10 Things I Miss About Physical Infrastructure

1. Closets are so empty without wiring.
2. Equipment request forms mentally prepared me for filing personal tax returns.
3. Calling operations to reboot a server is so much more personal than an API call.
4. Knowing I spent $1M+ on a DR site whose aggregate annual CPU utilization will never top 1%.
5. Image loading is retro. Who needs a Chef converge?
6. A cloud provider never offered me Red Sox tickets after a volume purchase.
7. Purchasing and deploying capacity based on 12 month sales projections. Sales is never wrong.
8. The camaraderie of rack and stack parties.
9. Warranties. I know it’s in here somewhere.
10. Spending 40% of my annual budget in January to get infrastructure deployed by April... and hopefully utilized by December.


Posted from Starbucks in Lexington, while licking wounds from a bad traffic day.