IT management and development jobs are often portrayed as "desk jobs", requiring mental effort but nothing much in the way of physical labour. That might be true most of the time, but if you have to lug dozens of servers down the stairs of a multi-storey building, you'll soon be wishing you'd put in more hours at the gym.
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At the virtualisation press roundtable I attended earlier this week, talk turned to the extent to which companies were willing to move data operations away from traditional central city locations and into other locations. Power demands and disaster recovery concerns have made that more common, but more conservative businesses sometimes shy away from the change.
Kroll OnTrack's Adrian Briscoe mentioned that following last year's Brisbane floods, many CBD buildings were without power for extended periods. Companies which wanted to shift those servers to emergency locations had to remove them and carry them out, which proved an especially gruelling task for one company which had its main bank of servers on the 17th floor.
The lesson? The core on your processors isn't the only one you should be paying attention to.