Austin’s Loop 360 Corridor is a terrible place (for your business)

Austin’s Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway) long ago envisioned as a loop around the west side of Austin, but now consumed by growth, is home to many life draining fluorescent prisons, more commonly known as “Class A” office space.  Several high profile technology companies have inexplicably decided that it would be a good idea to locate their workforce along this stretch of roadway.
Anyone who spends any amount of time in Austin understands that traffic is undoubtably the biggest negative of living or working in or around Austin (hipster culture is a close second).  Traffic alone though is not what makes this particular “highway” a terrible place.

The problem?  Any network architect would have ample time to tell  you as they waste precious cycles sitting in traffic that could be spent doing something productive…  SPF or “Single Point of Failure”.

Many offices along 360 have only one way in and one way out.  No alternate routes unless you have four wheel drive and a chainsaw…  Any incident along this single path makes an already ridiculous commute, untenable.  A serious incident like a wildfire or intentional act by nefarious actors could turn inconvenience into disaster.

My recommendation:  Always consider ingress and egress under normal and emergency conditions when evaluating any location which will contain your most important resource; your people.



A Must Read – Bright Fulton on Log Management

Log management is hard.  Always has been, always will be.   Good to know that there are bright folks like Mr. Fulton and his team over at @swipley that get it. (and share!)
Technically –|  Rsyslog –> Logstash –> to –> S3 and Sumologic

Tactically –| “Engineers at Swipely start weekly tactical meetings by reporting trailing seven day metrics. For example: features shipped, slowest requests, error rates, analytics pipeline durations. These indicators help guide and prioritize discussion. Although many of these metrics are from different sources, we like to see them together in one dashboard. With sumo-search and the Search Job API, we can turn any number from a log query into a dashboard widget in a couple lines of Ruby.”


Read his post via the @Sumologic blog here.