A Brief History of Cloud Computing

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Ben Smye.

Did you know that cloud computing can trace its roots back to the 1950s? Back then, organisations started using large-scale mainframe computers but due to their high cost couldn’t afford to purchase one for each user. As a result, they employed a practice known as ‘time-sharing’ to maximise their ROI; this allowed multiple users to access a single mainframe using terminals that had no internal processing capabilities of their own.

Since then, of course, the technological landscape has changed dramatically. Mainframe computers are still around, but just about everyone has their own personal computer now, something unthinkable in the 1950s. This does show, however, that the basic premise of cloud computing is not actually that new...

The next notable event in cloud computing’s history came in 1969, courtesy of American computer scientist J. C. R. Licklider. He helped to develop the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), the so-called predecessor to the Internet. Licklider also had a vision for everyone in the world to be interconnected and accessing programs and data at any site and from anywhere – sound familiar? It should do, as it is exactly what cloud computing enables us to do today. Licklider, then, is a hugely important figure in the history of cloud computing and could possibly even be called the ‘father’ of the technology...

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