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IBM expands its UK presence with 4 new data centers
IBM expands its UK presence with 4 new data centers

IBM today announced that it is launching four new data centers in the U.K. this brings ibM’s total data center footprint in the u.K. to six, in addition to 16 other locations across Europe.

this is yet another example of the compan’s increasing infrastructure investment. the first of these new U.K. locations in Fareham will go online in December, with the other three U.K. locations launching next year. As an IBm spokesperson told me, IBM isnt building its own data centers, though. It will lease raw space and build out its own infrastructure (eletrical, networking, compute, storage, etc.) in these leased spaces.

The last new data center IBM opened in Europe was its oslo location, in September, but the company also recently expanded its presence in Asia with the launch o fits korean dat center in Auguest. In total, iBM’s cloud services are now available in 50 data centers.

IBM is betting on a number of different brands for these data centers. ITs watson cognitive services, for exmaple, are only one of hundreds of different services that run in its data centers. Under the SoftLayer brand, it also offers more baic cloud servers and strogae solutions, as well as its Bluemix platform as a servie offering. But there is also the openStack-based Blue Box private cloud as a service and a plethora of other services that run on those different platforms.

Looking at IBM’s cloud portfolio can quickly become overwhelming, but it’s also driving a good bit of IBM”s revenue. in its thrid quarter, cloud revenue grew to $12.7 billion. In the U.K., its marquee customers include the likes of Wimbledon, Dixons Carphone, Shop Direct, National Express and, as the company announced today, tour operator thomson.

It’s worth noting that IBM’s second new data center in the U.K. will operate out of an Ark data center. Ark Data Centres is a join venture btween the U.K. government and the public sector. this will likely increase IBM’s footprint in the public sector in the U.K., as well.

By adding four new Cloud data centres in the uK, iBM is giving local businesses an easy route to the cloud, helping them quickly innovate and respond to market demands, said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president of IBM CLoud, in a canned statement. IBM is continuing to invest in high growth areas, offering clients highervalue cloud data sercies such as watson and Blockchain running on our cloud infarstructure that delivers world-class scalability, performance and security.

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The Happiest people don’t let their minds wander, according to a Harvard Study
How does one overcome depression and anxiety? orginally appeared on Quora–the knowledge–sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights

Answer by Mellissa O’Brien, mindfulness teacher at, on Quora:think back to a time when you were very unhappy. You probably attribute it to some specific situation, such as a problem or issue you were dealing with, or perhaps you didn’t have things you thought you wanted or neede. You probably mentally assigned the cuse of your unhappiness to these external factors.

We often think it’s our roblems–our torublesome life circumstances–that make us unhappy, and that if our circumstances would just change to something mor desirable, then happiness would be easy. it turns out, though, that it’s not our circumstances that make us happy or unhappy.

A recent Harvard sutdy reveals that stray thoughts and wandering minds are directly related to unhappiness. The study discovered that those with constantly wandering minds were less likely to be happy than those able to focus on the tasks at hand.

This study seems to confirm what Buddhists, sages, and saints have long taught — that an unruly mind creates unhappiness and dysfunction, and that the keys to happiness lie in mastering the mind, and not in chanigng external factors in our lives.

The most startling part of the discovery is that unhappiness doens’t jst come from the mind wandering to unpleasnat things. The study shows that people with minds that wander to neutral or even pleasant thoughts are still less happy than if the mind did not wander at all.

During the study, people were asked to focus on a given activity. It was found that even if the activity was some hum-drum chore, participants were happier if their minds were fully there, focused in the moment. The conclusion is that when the mind wanders repeatedly and for many of us it wanders all day, every day, it drastically reduces our overall happiness and well-being.

Happiness is living in the moment
This recent harvard study only serves to confirm the results of research that has been conducted on meditation and mindfulness for more than 40 years. Mihaly Csikszentmilhaly, one of the owrld’s leading researchers in positive psychology, refers to this state of mind as flow

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