Sunday, September 19, 2010

Army Cloud Computing in Korea!

After a long uneventful flight, I've arrived at Yongsan Army Garrison in Soeul Korea. After enjoying the economy accomodation on a Boeing 777 for over 14 hours, my room and bed at the Dragon Hill Lodge was a welcomed sight! If you're active or retired military and traveling to Seoul, you should definitely check DHL for accomodations. The facility is operated as an Armed Forces Recreation Center by the US Army in support of personnel assigned or employed by the US Forces Korea.

Tomorrow (Monday) is the first day of a five day class. This edition of "Cloud Compuing 201", however, will be delivered a little differently this time because Chusok (or Chuseok), the Korean Thanksgiving, is celebrated this Wednesday.

On Chuseok, Koreans return to their hometowns to pay respects to the spirits of one's ancestors. People perform ancestral worship rituals early in the morning. They often visit the tombs of their immediate ancestors to trim plants and clean the area around the tomb, and offer food, drink, and crops to their ancestors. Harvest crops are attributed to the blessing of ancestors. One of the major foods prepared and eaten during the Chuseok holiday is songpyeon (송편), a crescent-shaped rice cake which is steamed upon pine needles. Other foods commonly prepared are japchae, bulgogi and fruits. Like the American Thanksgiving, Chusok is the time to celebrate the family and give thanks for their blessings. Due to Chesok, there will be no class on Wednesday.  The five-day class will be compressed into two, 2-day halves.
The US Army is definitely taking cloud computing seriously. The Army Private Cloud Computing procurement makes that abundantly clear. I'm honored to be in a position to help them realize the promise.

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