Today is International Data Center Day, an effort to raise awareness of the data center industry and to inspire the next generation of talent. The initiative, launched by 7×24 Exchange International, is the latest in a series of efforts to address a looming talent gap for data centers and cloud computing infrastructure.
The goal is to help the industry connect with future generations, ensure a steady flow of skilled labor, and build public understanding of data centers and what they do. The day’s themes include:
- Provide resources to educate people about what data centers are and how they work.
- Illustrate the importance of the data center industry on our daily lives.
- Share information on pursuing a career as a data center professional.
- Create more opportunities for mission critical firms to recruit future employees
There are a wide range of observances by leading data center operators and professionals.
The primary resource is the International Data Center Day web site created by the 7×24 Exchange, the industry group that organized the initiative in 2019. Features include a “What Is A Data Center?” introduction with videos, and educational resources designed for elementary, high school and college students.
Loudoun County, Virginia plans a series of events, including the presentation of 1,000 Data Center Day challenge coins in recognition of the critical services provided by data center workers during the COVID-19 lockdown, and the launch of a new podcast about data centers featuring Buddy Rizer, the Executive Director of Economic Development.
Data Center Frontier, in partnership with Open Spectrum, brings our readers a series that provides an introductory guidebook to the ins and outs of the data center and colocation industry. The Data Center 101 Special Report series is directed to those new to the industry, or those of our readers who need to brush up on the basics. Perfect for #intldatacenterday.
On social media, many companies are sharing resources and information: