Get to Know Green House Data: Sean Bales
Get to Know Green House Data is a biweekly blog series that gets you closer to the staff behind your IT infrastructure. From cloud engineers to support technicians to the sales and marketing crew, our complex national data center operations wouldn't happen without a staff from diverse backgrounds.
This week, meet Sean Bales, Cloud Services Senior Architect. One of our longer tenured employees, Sean works out of the Cheyenne office and loves the wide open space and country life of Wyoming — a stark contrast with the high-tech surroundings of daily life in the data center.
Which office do you work in? Are you originally from the area?
I work on the Cheyenne Data Center campus. My desk is in the new data center, but I have had a desk in the old data center and even in a rental office across town during the construction of the new data center here in Cheyenne.
I have lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming all of my life. I grew up here. I went to school here. I like it here.
What are your favorite things to do in Cheyenne?
Cheyenne is a small place so there aren't a lot of social activities. I spend a lot of time working on my house and on my land, which is in a fairly remote location. My wife and I have horses, goats, chickens, and a few dogs so we stay busy living the country life. It’s a pretty stark contrast compared to working in a modern and green data center. I am kind of a home body, but I just like to work with my hands.
How long have you been in the technology industry?
I have pretty much always been in the technology industry. I started tinkering with computers before I was a teenager. That progressed to technology interests in High School. My first job was at a local electronics repair shop doing minor repairs on computers, monitors, printers, and stereo equipment. From there I went to work for a broadcast company. I even had the opportunity to fly communication spacecraft for a few years. It works out to around 18 years of technology experience, professionally.
How did you first get interested in I.T.?
I blame my IT interest on my father. He was an early adopter in his career. He worked for a community college and always had access to the latest and greatest computer equipment even before most consumers were using computers at home. Once I got started, I just never stopped. It started as a hobby and has now become a career.
What are some of your favorite work projects? Least favorite?
My favorite projects at work are usually the largest and most challenging projects. I like to stay busy and I really like to help others learn and grow. I am often the first person to say, “Why doesn’t this just work?” but the truth is I enjoy being a part of a team and solving complex problems.
My least favorite projects are those that require us to go through the motions. These are the projects where there is no real challenge. Some things are just procedure executions and there is nothing wrong with that, but I would rather engineer or architect something new than do the same old thing over and over.
The disciplines I am most involved with involve storage, virtualization, and Linux in general.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I like to spend time with my wife and the rest of my family. I like to spend time with my animals and enjoy the outdoors. I play guitar and I sing. It’s more of an “around the campfire” hobby. You won’t see me on the bus to Nashville, but it sure makes me happy.
Coffee or tea?
Both – I like variety in most things.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Both – but I lean more toward Star Trek.
Windows or Mac?
What do you like about working at Green House Data?
My favorite parts about working at Green House Data start and end with the people. I enjoy the work I do. I enjoy the systems and technology that I get the opportunity to work with. I enjoy making a living doing the things I enjoy. I enjoy making our customers happy and I get a sort of fiendish delight any time I solve a customer’s problem. I enjoy working with this whole group of passionate and intelligent people that keep me grounded and remind me that I really need to stay on my toes. And finally, I like working for real people that really seem to want to make a green company a force to be reckoned with. Green House Data sets an example in the industry and it’s pretty cool to be a part of it.