IBM has announced plans to invest at least $400 million into cloud computing
centers in the United States and Japan over the next few years. IBM plans
to spend $360 million in funds to build a state-of-the-art cloud computing data
center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The facility in Japan
will make it possible for large corporations and universities doing research to
have around the clock access to cloud computing experts.
A report published in The Wall Street
Journal indicates AT&T also will throw
its hat into the cloud computing ring, in an attempt to compete with
Amazon.com, Google and IBM. AT&T's first big client is the U.S.
Olympic Committee, which is responsible for operating the TeamUSA.org and
similar web sites related to the Olympics.
During the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, cloud computing was a popular
topic among companies and attendees. GoGrid, who has a booth at
LinuxWorld, is at the show to discuss its services and why users should select
its services over Amazon and others.
GoGrid admits Amazon is its biggest competitor, but says the main difference is
that it's the first one available that has a Web-based GUI and supports both
Microsoft Windows and Linux.
Cloud computing, as it matures, offers both home users and corporations the
ability to store data in the cloud while at the same time having multiple
options when selecting a certain service to choose from. The companies
promoting cloud computing admit there are some minor problems facing the
technology, but look forward to helping more people adopt the technology.