Finger Lakes Fun
My first stop was our Real-World Labs® at Syracuse University. Last time I visited, the lab was in the basement of Machinery Hall on the SU campus--grungy digs. Now, the facility runs in conjunction with SU's School of Information Studies, and boasts an enterprise data center, with 40 KVA of power and cooling. The racks are strung together with five miles of Cat 5 cabling, there's a SAN and a pile of servers. Lab manager Ron Anderson showed off the facility and promptly informed me that there was barely enough equipment for the technology editors and freelancers to do their jobs. New bosses always come with a new budget, right?
While our data center at SU is noteworthy, even more impressive is the collaboration between our editors, contributing editors, and the School of Information Studies' faculty and students. While I was there, two engineers from Cisco arrived with a refrigerator-sized box of gear destined for a Wi-Fi test, now in progress. The engineers spent one day discussing their solution with Dave Molta and a throng of his students. The next day was spent on installation, after which the Cisco team left and Dave's team got down to testing the gear.
It's a particular point of pride for me to see our editors work so closely with students. The editors' wisdom and experience blend nicely with the students' energy and enthusiasm to produce some of our best work.