Back in the day, I had the opportunity to clean up a lot of ugly in the data center. If you can tell what model of servers are in the pictures, you’ll be able to guess approximately what year this was. This was back before ITIL and proper data center management was a staple.
Hands-on in the data center was always fun. I’ve had more opportunities to install many servers in hardware refresh projects. Deploying images and controlling power using automated tools was the rage before virtualization started to mature.
The new sense of pride is now consolidation and a smaller physical hardware footprint. The new paradigm today is Software Defined Networking and abstraction of compute and storage to introduce the Software Defined Data Center!