Are the days of the showpiece NOC office display gone forever?

James R Cutler james.cutler at
Thu Dec 17 00:34:45 UTC 2020

> On Dec 16, 2020, at 7:25 PM, Randy Bush <randy at> wrote:
>> In the traditional sense, by "showpiece NOC" I mean a room designed for the
>> purpose of having large situational awareness displays on a wall, network
>> weathermaps and charts, alerting systems, composed of four or more big flat
>> panel displays. Ideally configured to be actually useful for NOC purposes
>> and also something impressive looking for customer tours.
> though your message has a current date, its content seems to be at least
> 15 years old
> randy

The EDS Network Management Center, or IMS, had multiple large screens, shadow-free lighting, and lots of console positions and a visitor gallery with curtained window overlooking the operations room. We finished it right around 1990. Right when the suburban sprawl ws starting to hit Plano. After so much there during construction, I was taken aback when I realized I did not recognize the inside the building with it’s finished walls.

That implies “at least 15 years” could well be “30 years”

James R. Cutler
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