title=Cloud Computing Will Rely on Co-location Services in 2009}
Co-location centers around the world certainly benefit from the continued growth in so-called cloud computing.
Startups and other small businesses that don't have the capital for building and supplying their own data centers are subscribing to pay-as-you-go "cloud" services that are offered by service providers and housed in co-location centers such as ThePlanet.com, 365 Main and i/o Data Centers.
Cloud, or utility, computing serves up computing power, data storage or applications from one data center location over a grid to thousands or millions of users on a subscription basis. This general kind of cloud-for example, services provided online by Amazon EC2, Google Apps and Salesforce.com-is known as a "public" cloud, because any business or individual can subscribe.
Private cloud computing is a different take on the mainstream version in which smaller, cloudlike IT systems within a firewall offer similar services, but to a closed internal network. This network may include corporate or division offices, other companies that are also business partners, raw-material suppliers, resellers, production-chain entities and other organizations intimately connected with a corporate mother ship.
The bottom line is that co-location centers are going up all over the continental United States, South America, Europe, the Far East and Australia. The World Wide Web is fast becoming the World Wide Grid.
But that's another story for another time. We'll look more closely at that topic soon.