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IBM Gets Cloud Computer Fever

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Chicago (IL) - IBM, on the heels of an announcement earlier this week by HP, Intel and Yahoo to build a huge cloud computing playground for researchers, reached deeper into its pockets to invest in new cloud computing centers in the United States and Japan. How deep, you ask? $400 million.

The company plans to spend the bulk of that money on a new cloud computing data center in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. Big Blue says this facility will be developing using its own data center design principles and that it "will provide businesses unparalleled access to immense pools of Internet-scale computing technology capable of supporting cloud environments." Plans are also in the works to make this center extremely eco-friendly, including renovating an existing IBM building and using virtualization technology to run multiple software applications on the same servers.

The other center being built is in Tokyo. It will be there to provide large organizations "immediate access to experts who can help them deploy cloud computing environments." IBM feels this center will be significant because it is the first client facing center in a market such as Tokyo, meaning it will offer well established enterprises greater flexibility in developing new kinds of services requiring a network of computers to help create.

Other cloud centers IBM has worked on include Europe’s first Cloud Computing Center in Dublin, Ireland in March and two more centers in Beijing, China and Johannesburg, South Africa in June.

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    Ryun , August 1, 2008 11:06 PM
    As much as I hate to say it, with laptops becoming more powerful and less expensive, PC gaming not nearly as viable as it was years ago, and cloud computing just around the proverbial corner I think the days of the traditional desktop are coming to a close.
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    kman7607 , August 2, 2008 12:35 AM
    I think the enthusiast community may have something to say if that indeed does become true. Laptops lack upgradeable parts and other features that make tinkering with PCs so much fun. I don't think the desktop will ever go away but they are definitely going to be hurting if this trend continues.
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    jaragon13 , August 2, 2008 10:14 AM
    Really? You have to compare prices,I could literally get a 3/1 ratio for saving money..plus,when's the last time you saw a quad core laptop computer? Of course,both will recieve upgrades over time,but still,think about it in a logical way.Also,when's the last time your SLI laptop ran for over an hour?
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    miltoxbeyond , August 3, 2008 6:00 AM
    Yup... they each have their own places... laptops will not replace desktops, because they essentially are more fixed platform...they will be eternally useful at work, and cloud computing doesn't necessarily mean it has to be done on a laptop... They don't move so no need to worry about laptops getting "lost" at work...but mobile computing will cater more powerfully to those who have no options but to take their work with them.
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    sirrell , August 3, 2008 12:11 PM
    jaragon13Really? You have to compare prices,I could literally get a 3/1 ratio for saving money..plus,when's the last time you saw a quad core laptop computer? Of course,both will recieve upgrades over time,but still,think about it in a logical way.Also,when's the last time your SLI laptop ran for over an hour?

    Yes have to agree, The latest and greatest tech still lies in the Humble PC Tower, While it may lack portability, It Boasts Performance, And Power, and Upgradability that can't be contained in portable models yet, maybe when we have nuclear baterries inside laptops they will perform better, and for longer.

    And It still seems technology gets made big and bulky to start with (PC PARTS) then gets shunk and made into less power hungry parts to suit laptops, till this changes there not likely to out perform the home PC soon