Linode, one of the earliest and currently the fourth-largest cloud-hosting provider in the computer service business (after Amazon, Rackspace and IBM), is based in Galloway Township, N.J., near Atlantic City, of all places. Mostly because founder Chris Aker grew up in Manahawkin and came home (first to Absecon, since 2011 to Galloway) after studying at West Virginia U, teaching at Full Sail U in Orlando, and developing software for a Nashville health-education firm.
Aker set up Linode (short for Linux node, of course) back in 2003 as a remote host for other Linux-based developers. "We were ahead of the game as far as the cloud industry and Linux virtual services," human-resource manager Vincent Palochko told me. "As of 2009, 10, 11, the growth has exploded and this has become a mainstream technology. Now we're working around the clock to keep our products and service ahead of the curve." Its 150,000 customers include Creative Commons and TheOnion.com, for example.