Time to turn up the nerd!
I have long pondered the parallels of SoftLayer and Star Wars. At first, I thought we might be the rebels. But I soon realized we are here to dominate the galaxy (and the dark side is much cooler!)
So I have come up with some parallels between SoftLayer and the Empire. Some are a bit of a reach, while others are spot on. I will start with what I know. I am in Operations, so this is obviously going to be Ops biased. Systems and Development probably deserve a bigger part, but as I don’t dwell in that world every day, I can’t get the detailed analysis needed to formulate an accurate correlation.
So let’s start with Systems and Development. I think they would be the Death Star. Our primary source of galactic domination. The mostly unseen heroes that created it and keep it going. Note: we are more like the 2nd Death Star without the access port weakness.
Some obvious correlations would be:
Lance is Darth Sidious / Senator Palpatine – that one is easy. All knowing and all powerful.
Sam is Vader – another gimme. To the point with a strong hand. ( get it? Hand? Vader, you know, chokes, eh.. okay, moving on. )
Joshua is Boba Fett – Many secret and not so secret missions with a huge impact on the course of the Empire.
Chris is Darth Maul – Enforcing the Empires rules near and far.
CSA’s are the Stormtroopers with their managers being the commanders and generals. Handling the special ops and direct requests of the Empire.
SBE’s are the battle droids with the hardware manager being General Grievous. (Yes, that’s me. I clear my throat frequently so that was the final nail that solidified that comparison. ) The front line.
We do have some Ewoks that have defected to our side and some of our vendors are like Watto. So I have distorted the Star Wars timeline to suit my needs. Just the way the Empire would do it! But I am sure The Galactic Empire would approve. And besides, it gives me focus and makes me stronger.
Oh and one final note, in this version of the story, The Empire wins.
Feel free to comment your Star Wars / SoftLayer comparisons!