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CNET News says that cloud computing soared in 2008 due to Micorsoft's launch of Windows Azure, AT&T's VMware, IBM's Bluehouse, as well as Google's offerings of calendar and document-hosting services for consumers. "If you look at Google Trends, 'cloud computing' came out of nowhere in 2008. People were searching for it in the third quarter of 2007, but it went bonkers in 2008," Forrester Research's Frank Gillett tells CNET.

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