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Army Cloud Computing in Korea

The facility is operated as an Armed Forces Recreation Center by the US Army

After a long uneventful flight, I've arrived at Youngsan Army Garrison in Soeul Korea. After enjoying the economy accommodation 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.

UPDATE: You can see the Army class cloud computing projects online at  http://kevinljackson.blogspot.com/2010/09/yongsan-army-garrison-does-cloud.html

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Kevin Jackson, founder of the GovCloud Network, is an independent technology and business consultant specializing in mission critical solutions. He has served in various senior management positions including VP & GM Cloud Services NJVC, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and VP Program Management Office at JP Morgan Chase. His formal education includes MSEE (Computer Engineering), MA National Security & Strategic Studies and a BS Aerospace Engineering. Jackson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 and retired from the US Navy earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Airborne Logistics and Airborne Command and Control. He also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide. Kevin is the founder and author of “Cloud Musings”, a widely followed blog that focuses on the use of cloud computing by the Federal government. He is also the editor and founder of “Government Cloud Computing” electronic magazine, published at Ulitzer.com. To set up an appointment CLICK HERE

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