Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Yahoo have joined government and academia in launching a global, multi-data center test bed for experimentation and research in cloud computing, which many experts believe will be the dominant IT delivery model of the future, reports InformationWeek. The initiative aims at building a computing network comprised of six data centers spanning three continents. The idea is to have a large-scale platform for testing all technology--hardware and software--related to delivering application services over the internet. "This is a global collaboration that spans the industry, spans academia and government," Prith Banerjee, senior vice president for research at HP, told

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