Monday, April 4, 2016

North Carolina Trip Report

I had an opportunity to visit the EMC teams in North Carolina last week. While they're not in the Silicon Slopes, they do have a really fantastic setup nestled between the Outer Banks to the east and several mountain ranges to the west (Great Smoky & Blue Ridge). Of course, the mountains aren't quite like Utah's, but the beach isn't quite like Utah's either :) I look forward to spending more time there in the coming months. I'll write about other similarities and differences I've already noticed. And I'm sure I'll discover plenty more.

EMC has operations in 3 cities:
  • Apex - Manufacturing for various EMC products
  • Research Triangle Park (RTP) - Engineering and Customer Service
  • Durham - Large data center and engineering lab (450,000 sqft)
Apex - Ready to ship a bunch of EMC gear for Q1 orders
Apex - Shipping in progress
Apex - Done with shipping right after the midnight horn blew to end the quarter.
Durham - Briefing room looking into the lab (Note the 3' raised floor) 
Durham - Touring one of the cold aisle containment zones in the lab
Durham - Command Center for Virtustream
Durham - The official tour
Durham - Behind the massive video wall in the command center
RTP - In front of the building

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