Despite several potential setbacks, including the recent catastrophic earthquake in Japan, Apple's new iPad 2 tablet device is still set for international release on the planned date.

According to the company, the device will go on sale in an additional 25 countries on March 25. The device will be available from 5 p.m. local time in each country, at Apple retail stores and authorized resellers.

The iPad 2 is currently in short supply in the U.S., and may remain so for the coming month, according to a recent Sys-Con Media report.

Several additional locations, including Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore, will begin receiving the new devices in April.

The growth of tablet devices is widely seen as going hand in hand with the rise of cloud computing. The lightweight, portable, connected devices enable easy access to applications, services and data stored remotely.

Since its release in April 2010, the original iPad has spurned a large number of competing devices from other manufacturers. In 2008, Apple sold approximately 14.8 million iPad devices worldwide.