Just starting my second day with the F5 team in Japan. I'm in Tokyo this week meeting with the team, talking about the new DevCentral-Japan, and presenting at the F5 partner conference today. It's been an awesome experience so far. As is the case with F5 around the world, the F5 Japan team is just fantastic. A few thoughts so far...

  • Tuesday, we announced the F5 Application Ready Network for Microsoft in Japan at an event with Microsoft Japan. As I stated recently, what makes this so cool is that this is unique, proven stuff. As part of this, customers in Japan can visit the Microsoft Chofu Technology Center to see F5 products in action. This is a great way for IT pros to see Microsoft and F5 technology working together.
  • The newly updated DevCentral-Japan is very cool. Ichiro and the team have done a great job updating the look and feel, added new content, and more. We are excited to get the F5 Japan community even more involved with DevCentral.
  • The team took me out to my first Japanese baseball game last night at the biggest venue in Japan - the Tokyo Dome, home to the Yomiuri Giants. The Giants are the most famous Japanese team - somewhat similar to the New York Yankees. They took on the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. This game was of similar magnitude here to a Yankees vs. Red Sox game in Yankee stadium. The game was very close up until the bottom of the 8th when the powerful Giants offense opened things up with 4 runs. Earlier that inning, the Hawks had an opportunity tie the game in the top of the 8th with two runners in scoring positioning. However, Giants starter Kaneto worked out of a jam and ended up with a complete game victory. Final score was 6-2. I was amazed at the 50,000+ fans in attendence on a Wednesday night. They have a different cheer "song" for each player. I was also surprised to learn that ball and strike count are stated opposite, i.e. "1 strike, 2 balls." A very cool experience I will remember for a very long time to come.

More to come. In the meantime, here's a short video of Tokyo as seen from the hotel this AM.