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In technology, competition truly is the mother of innovation.
The first round of the Project Quicksilver competition is complete! Through the months of August and September we received 68 requests to participate in eBay's second public Data Center RFP codenamed Project Quicksilver. 61 companies qualified, and 20 submitted design proposals by the October 7th deadline. Today we have selected the 5 finalists based on a comprehensive and balanced scoring system that rated each companies submission based on the design concept, team capabilities, overall operational efficiency, sustainability and cost.
It can be really frustrating as a job seeker to have an interviewer ask "why have you moved around so much?" Of course you'd like to say what you feel, but that won't go over well, so you come up with some other answer that is "interview correct".
But really, why do many of us move around so much these days? There are some obvious answers; layoffs, bad leadership, termination, poor fit, better opportunity, etc., etc. I happen to believe that there are deeper underlying reasons and that the above are but the symptoms. Loyalty (or lack thereof) being the primary reason!
The word du jour at least in the data center space is "Modularity". The only word used more often and loosely in the IT space is "Cloud". Even though the two words "Modularity" and "Cloud" are hyped, it doesn't mean there aren't real opportunities in both areas of technology. The trick is in understanding how the terms should be used, and where and how they should be applied.
Earlier this week we pre-announced that Ebay will be launching another public Modular Data Center RFP through Data Center Pulse. This is the second round of the public RFP process. Project Mercury, which was the result of the first public RFP, will finish commissioning by the end of this month and will be fully operational by October. Today we formally announce project Quicksilver. Quicksilver is Liquid Metal Mercury that moves and changes very quickly. Besides the obvious play on the Mercury name, we picked this name because it represents the capability we are looking for in data center portfolio. How can we create a generic, flexible data center infrastructure that can move and change with our business needs?
As you will see, we are taking the public RFP to the next level. The video below gives more insight into the project by describing the Scope, Requirements, Process and Schedule.
You can watch the project page for all of the updates as we go through this journey. My team, partners and suppliers have done incredible things in Project Mercury. I look forward to the next phase in our evolution as we execute Project Quicksilver.
Interested parties, should email email@example.com for more information.