Cloud computing continues to explode in popularity, as PC users enter the cloud

The popularity of moving information away from the data center and into the cloud is continuing to grow, and a wider variety of companies contributing to the movement is helping eliminate minor bumps in the road.

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, Google and IBM.  AT&T's first big client is the U.S. Olympic Committee, which is responsible for operating the 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.

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