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May 05, 2011

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For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
(337)235-2924, ext. 18
Abacus Data Cloud Offers Support on a Global Level
(Lafayette, La.) – Local technology group, Abacus Data Exchange, aids relief effort for those affected by the tragedies in Japan with a custom-built cloud computing solution.
Following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011, a former British journalist living in Tokyo compiled a collection of essays, poems, photographs and drawings from witnesses of the disaster into a book titled 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake in an effort to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross Society. In a matter of days, the team working on the book created an accompanying website,, which quickly received over 70,000 website visits. The data center for the website in Tokyo, Japan was unable to accommodate the high volume of visitors to the new website, so Quakebook turned to Abacus Data Exchange in Lafayette, Louisiana for help.
Within four hours in the middle of the night, the Abacus team worked to build a virtual cloud server for the Quakebook website that is able to handle the high traffic and necessary elements of an international fundraising site. Joseph Tame, Digital Archivist for Quakebook says, “The use of the Abacus server allows Quakebook to have a multilingual site and create an online collection of precious stories, photos, videos and artwork from many people in Japan and abroad affected by the quake, so they'll be preserved for the future in a central location. Quakebook is very appreciative of all that the Abacus team has done for this project.”
About Abacus Data Exchange
Abacus Marketing Resources, LLC has been in business since 2005 serving broadband solutions to local businesses. Inspired by Lafayette's commitment to deploying a full fiber network and excited by the opportunity to help businesses take greater advantage of online opportunities, Abacus made the bold decision to leverage leading-edge elastic computing to open the Abacus Data Exchange. Abacus Data Exchange was created as an alternative ‘green’ data center using hosted virtualized infrastructure-as-a-service. In February of 2010 Abacus advanced their services to provide public virtualized infrastructure-as-a-service; often referred to as ‘cloud computing’.
Abacus Data Exchange
110 Travis St., Lafayette, LA 70503
Download 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake from or the Sony Reader Store. 100% of the revenues will benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society.


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