I would loved to have stopped in on Dublin during my current European workscursion, but alas, good lads, it twasn't meant to be.
However, that hasn't stopped IBM from mixing it up with the Irish, announcing yesterday that the Industrial Development Agency of Ireland has made a 30M Euro investment in a next generation data center at IBM's Technology Campus in Dublin.
This new facility will be owned and operated by IBM, but will provide a range of new and cost effective IT Services for the Irish marketplace.
Also, near and dear to my Guinness-lovin' heart, it will serve as a global hub for delivering IBM Software to our customers in 84 countries worldwide (over 200,000 customer packages annually!)
This new data center will be greener than an Irish shamrock, with energy-efficient innovations that optimize space and provide power cooling and resiliency while reducing costs.
But enough mixing business with pleasure.
Seeing as I couldn't make it over to Dublin to visit with my Irish amigos, I thought I'd instead share a Texan-Irish joke that I recently stumbled upon:
A Texan walks into a pub in Ireland and clears his voice to the crowd of drinkers. He says, “I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkers. I’ll give $500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Guinness back-to-back.”
The room is quiet, and no one takes up the Texan’s offer. One man even leaves.
Thirty minutes later the same gentleman who left shows back up and taps the Texan on the shoulder. “Is your bet still good?” asks the Irishman.
The Texan says yes and asks the bartender to line up 10 pints of Guinness. Immediately the Irishman tears into all 10 of the pint glasses, drinking them all back-to-back.
The other pub patrons cheer as the Texan sits in amazement. The Texan gives the Irishman the $500 and says, “If ya don’t mind me askin’, where did you go for that 30 minutes you were gone?”
The Irishman replies, “Oh… I had to go to the pub down the street to see if I could do it first.”