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December 21, 2007

An IT setup Santa would love

The North Pole comes up in conversation a lot this time of year, but we’re taking you in the opposite direction today—the polar opposite direction.

Meet Henry Malmgren, the South Pole’s IT manager. Yep, you read right: The South Pole has an entire IT infrastructure in place to support the researchers and scientists who work there throughout the year.

Henry and his staff handle the superstructure, handheld radios and every piece of telecomm or computer equipment in between. And then there are the occasional challenges of swapping out a router at minus-100 degrees, and having to order spare parts up to a year and a half in advance.

But even with nine-hour days, six days a week, Henry’s life isn’t all work and no play. He’s a member of the 300 Club, a daredevil group that withstands 200-degree heat in the sauna, and then streaks around the south pole survey marker in the sub-zero temps. (Check out ComputerWorld’s pics for a look at the fun.)

Henry’s experiences reinforce just how integral IT is to almost any job, and how pervasive the corresponding technology has become. Do you have a far-flung IT adventure to share? Tell us here!

And Happy Holidays, everyone!

Posted by Anna M.

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