These days we all imagine our data floating peacefully in white, fluffy clouds out in cyberspace. In reality, all those bits and bytes are crammed into servers in datacenters. Those datacenters are run by real people, who manage hardware, software and systems.
Sometimes things go wrong at the datacenter. Mistakes are made. Equipment fails. Communication mutates into nothing more than words. Showing the realities of working life in a data center is the goal of a new book of cartoons by
Eight years ago, after graduating from
"I really enjoy this world," said Alber. "Everyone is a joy to work with and a lot of people have stumbled into this industry by accident, too!"
But Alber's first love is art and one weekend she created what became the Kip and Gary comic strip. The comic strip's focus on the data center aims to be both educational and entertaining. The drawings show too, that network engineers and other data center staff, while highly educated, can still make silly mistakes or come up with crazy schemes.
"I believe tech people are VERY smart, in fact some of the smartest people I have ever met," said Alber. "Some of these comics are actually based on true stories and the storyteller was able to look back at it and laugh, so I figured other people could, too. When you can relate or if you can envision something happening, it can make it humorous. That is my inspiration for the comics!"
In many ways, Kip and Gary has the flavor of the famous Dilbert comics, but Kip and Gary work in a data center not an office. And Alber remarked that while many of the ideas for the comic strip come from "people in the industry" she's also a creative thinker. "Sometimes I wonder, 'What if this happened in the data center?' That could be pretty cool!"
Experience Kip and Gary comics through www.kipandgary.com. Give the book as a special gift to an engineer who needs a break from all those racks and cables. Last month Alber began animating Kip and Gary. Watch Kip and Gary on YouTube.com to see how data center cooling can start the journey to the cloud.
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