a cloud data center infrastructure to run at the speed of light with 99.9
percent uptime can be exhausting! As a millennial, it may be surprising to hear
that, from time to time, I have to disconnect. I need to go somewhere where
even if I wanted it, I have no data connection, and therefore can ignore phone
calls, emails, meetings, obligations and modern life in general.
in February, I took one of these trips. For eight days, me and 16 of my
backcountry ski buddies were lucky enough to occupy a hut in British
Columbia that is only accessible
by helicopter. It requires meticulous planning and minimalist packing. The hut
barely sees the sun during the cold winter days with the towering peaks all
around it. You bring food, drinks, equipment and safety gear that will sustain
you for eight days – possibly more depending on weather.
arrived and could barely get to the helipad parking lot due to 0.5 meters of
new snow that blanketed the access road maintained by the Canadian Pacific
Railway. We had to wait for a plow to clear us a path to the car park. With
that, we knew it was going to be a good week. The terrain was like something
out of a movie. Then again, it has been used to film ski movies. We were treated to the finest ski experience we’d
ever had. The snow was deep, the terrain was gnarly, the food was delicious, the
people were wonderful and the beer never ran out.
returning home I reflected on the trip and how wonderful it was to disconnect. I
realized that, while we were able to disconnect, we relied heavily on cloud-based
tools to shape the trip. All planning
was done strictly in Google Sheets and Drive so we could easily navigate trip
info and coordinate logistics. Last-minute gear items were ordered from Amazon
with one-day shipping. During the trip,
we used Strava on our phones or GPS devices to
track our routes and compare which groups did the most vertical each day. After
the trip, we shared photos via Google Photos
and stayed connected on Facebook. Blogs were written on
websites that likely used a cloud provider for IaaS or PaaS.
are all great examples of how the cloud enables not only powerful tools, but
also more meaningful human experiences. I’m proud to say that I’m involved in
building the infrastructure solutions that enable these meaningful experiences,
even if I’m disconnected from them once in a while.
are some of the cloud-based tools you use?
How do they help you be more productive and create more meaningful,
memorable experiences? Please share with