Why SoftLayer Joined the Internet Infrastructure Coalition
The following is a guest post from Todd Mitchell, the vice president of strategic planning for SoftLayer.
If you asked an average user to explain how the Internet works, you’d get some interesting answers. Because most users only understand the Internet in terms of the email and social media applications they use on a daily basis, the underlying infrastructure is often either misunderstood or completely disregarded. That disconnect is one of the biggest reasons why SoftLayer joined the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) as a founding member when it launched six short months ago. Along with the other i2Coalition members, we’re always on the lookout for ways to make information about our industry more accessible and entertaining, and with that in mind, we thought it’d be fun to give users a unique look into a SoftLayer data center to see where the Internet lives (or at least a piece of it).
In this MTV Cribs-inspired video walkthrough, SoftLayer DAL05 Site Manager Josh Daley gives you a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of the kind of infrastructure you’d see powering your favorite sites and applications:
In addition to educating the general public about the Internet industry, the i2Coalition works with lawmakers to help them understand how public policy might affect the free and open Internet. Just two weeks ago, the i2Coaliton hosted a successful day on Capitol Hill with elected officials and staff members to help them understand how the Internet works, and the conversations we had were amazing.
The i2Coalition will continue to serve as the unified public policy voice for our industry, and if you’re interested in learning more about membership and how you can help in our collective efforts, you can register online for a free webinar that’s happening on March 26, or you can visit i2coalition.com for more information.