Come on admit it. You not only saw Marvel Studios flick Guardians of the Galaxy, but you too became a fast fan of heroine Peter Quill (Chris Pratt). Well, join the crowd. Most of the ladies dig bad-boy-turned-likeable leader Quill aka Star Lord, and the guys? Well, we just want to emulate him. So how would Quill run a data center? Very carefully. That is, of course, after he realized that like the power of the orb being essential to the existence of universe, the data center is the life-force of every company it supports. Take away the data center (or the cloud that powers it) and poof, the company turns blue and audibly chokes until it gets CPR.
So what lessons can you glean from this summer blockbuster and apply to your data center? Plenty. For starters, most of us have to work with and even train some disparate misfits that we’d rather not deal with. Just about everyone we’ve talked to has had to office with, service or partner with their fair share of gun-toting raccoons (Bradley Cooper), tree-like humanoids (Vin Diesel), master assassins (Zoa Saldana), and revenge-driven destroyers (Dave Bautista). And how many times have you counted yourself escaping from ruthless, persistent bounty hunter-like bosses or career climbing colleagues? It’s enough to keep you awake at night but we can all relate to these classic archetypes at one time or another in our careers. Appealing to the strengths of your adversaries and tossing them a lifeline when they need it most will surely win even the hardest hearts over as Quill did triumphantly with deadly Gamora.
And what about the bad seeds and villains you reluctantly come in contact with from time to time? Well we all have to grin and bear it when we deal with unsavory characters like Ronan (Lee Pace), Korath (Djimon Hounsou), Nebula (Karen Gillian), Yondu (Michael Rooker) and even the Collector (Benicio Del Toro). Negotiation skills, quick thinking and unrelenting humor often save the day when you’re forced to deal with sub-par or hard-to-please knuckleheads to keep the network up and running. Turning hard-to-deal-with co-workers who want to see you fail into a cohesive, supportive team is not only rewarding but it makes anything possible. And a great soundtrack never hurts.