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Cloud Expansion In Japan

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Ah, it’s a happy day for me.  Why, you ask??  Golf, of course!

The Open Championship kicked off at Royal St. George’s in Scotland, another of golf’s major tournaments.

In fact, it’s gonna be a very busy weekend, what with our rockin’ U.S. Women’s soccer team having taken out France in the semi-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup yesterday evening.

Nice match again, ladies.  And good luck against Japan on Sunday!

On the topic of Japan, today in Tokyo IBM announced a broad expansion of its cloud computing services for customers there and in the Asia Pacific region.

The new IBM Cloud Data Center, along with a data center for LotusLive, IBM’s cloud collaboration service, will extend IBM’s cloud delivery network of cloud computing centers that serve in over 50 countries around the world.

To date, IBM has centers based in Singapore, Germany, Canada, and the United States; and 13 global cloud labs, of which seven are based in Asia Pacific – China, India, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore.

The new IBM Cloud Data Center located in Makuhari, Japan delivers IBM’s SmartCloud enterprise-class services which include a broad spectrum of secure managed services, to run diverse workloads across multiple delivery methods both public and private.

LotusLive Expansion

In addition, IBM announced it will open a dedicated data center for LotusLive, IBM’s cloud-based collaboration services, in Japan. The data center, which will be available later this year, is designed to allow customers in Japan to more easily move to the cloud.

LotusLive offers integrated social collaboration tools that combine a company’s business social network with capabilities such as file storing and sharing, instant messaging, Web conferencing and activity management.

This secure integration allows users to share and edit information, host online meetings and manage activities easily inside and outside company boundaries.

The Japan data center is designed to help improve network performance and increase business opportunities for LotusLive users. The center will allow clients, who cannot take their data outside the country due to security and regulatory compliance, to work in a security-rich cloud environment.

You can learn more via the IBM Japan cloud computing site (Warning: It’s in Japanese!)

Go here for an English language site on IBM’s SmartCloud initiative.

Written by turbotodd

July 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm

U.S. Women Win A Beautiful Game

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Happy Monday.

I want to send a congrats and thanks to the U.S. Women’s soccer team, who played a brilliant, nailbiting game against Brazil in the FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals in Dresden, Germany, yesterday.

If you haven’t seen any coverage of this match, or some of the play-by-play, you missed one of the classic soccer matches, male or female.

I tuned in at the start of the second half, and after Australian ref Jacqui Melksham offered up a questionable red card, U.S. goalkeeping wonder Hope Solo blocked a Brazil penalty kick, only to be offered a yellow card herself for allegedly coming forward off the goal line before the ball was launched.

This led to Brazil getting another attempt on the penalty kick, and this time they were successful, tying the match.

But that’s about when the drama had only just begun.  The U.S. played most of the second half a woman down (10 players, as opposed to 11), and was able to hold the match to 1-1 through regular time.

In the second minute of extra time, Brazil’s star player, Marta, took a pass to convert a left-footed shot that bounced off the post and past Solo to give Brazil the lead, 2-1.

The U.S. spent the next 18+ minutes trying to keep the ball on the Brazil side of the field, and thankfully the Australian ref saw through Brazil’s Erika attempt at time-killing faux injuries to give the U.S. three more minutes on the clock, enough time for Megan Rapinoe to kick a brilliant cross to Abby Wambach, who headed the ball past the Brazilian goalkeeper and into the goal in the 120th minute — you could hear American fans cheering in the stadium and across Facebook and Twitter.

That set up that most dramatic of soccer’s denouement, the penalty kickoff, which, just like as with the U.S. against China in the Women’s World Cup Final match in 1999, the Americans won, this time after a single missed Brazilian penalty kick by Daiane (the same player who had knocked in Brazil’s own goal early in the match) — even as America converted all five of theirs.

The U.S. Women’s team now moves on to meet France in the semi-finals, which provided their own surprise ouster of England on Saturday, a match that also ended in penalty kicks 1-1 (4-3).

It’ll be a tall order for that match to beat the one between the U.S. and Brazil, which some are already calling one of the greatest games every played.

Written by turbotodd

July 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm

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