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A Brief History Of Cloud Computing

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It would be rare now to see a company not use any form of cloud computing to store, manage or process data. As everything can easily be connected now, cloud computing has become more practical than ever.

However, a common misconception about cloud computing is that the technology is an idea that had been conceptualized in the 21st century. The truth is that the concept has been in existence for several decades now.

As early as the 1950s, the building block of cloud computing had already been established through the development of mainframe computing. The system was designed to allow multiple users to gain physical access to the central computer through dumb terminals. While it still had a long way to go before becoming what it is today, a foundation had been set.

The evolution of cloud computing had its first breakthrough in the 1970s when virtual machines started to enter the scene. This technology enabled multiple distinct computing environments to have their own memory, CPU, and hard drives while sharing the mainframe resources.

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By early 2000s, the dot-com bubble burst ushered in a new level of communication and information technology. There came increased availability of high-capacity networks and low-cost computers that can be allotted with significant bandwidths, which are some of the key resources needed for the cloud computing technology that is used now.

Rene Bostic has spent years of employment at IBM Corporation, where she has held various positions in the leadership, sales, and support fields. Currently, she is the VP for Cloud Technical Sales for IBM North America. To read more about the cloud technology, follow this Facebook page.

Debunking Three Myths On Cloud Computing

The dramatic growth of cloud computing and its associated services have brought forth a series of myths about the industry. These myths may initially seem harmless, but a misguided and misinformed view about the market can prevent people from fully taking advantage of the service; one that has already benefit numerous local and international brands. Listed below are the three most common myths on cloud computing.

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Move everything to the cloud: It is true that cloud computing has many advantages. However, this does not suggest that every solution is a “cloud-fits-all.” Business owners must recognize that cloud computing is a tool that must be used judiciously. And like any tool, it is effective only when it is used properly. Some industries still need a physical hardware rather than a virtual one. It is best to speak with an expert on cloud computing to determine the percentage of business that should be transferred to an online environment.

Cloud is only used to save money: There are other reasons to transition to the cloud platform other than just saving money. Cloud computing is one, for example. The technology simplifies routine tasks and handles computations in a more precise manner. The varied features of the cloud significantly reduce the chances of mistakes. In fact, the ease of use, accessibility, and technological efficiency are just some of the very good reasons to move to the cloud. That said, it is still important to determine how one’s specific business and industry will benefit from a transition to the cloud.

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Only a private cloud can manage critical applications: This really depends on what the word “critical” means to a business. If there are systems that require applications that are scaled in a very reliable way, then yes, a private cloud would be best served for this purpose. However, if “critical” means having enough storage space or functioning e-mail server, there are public or even hybrid cloud apps to consider.

The most important tip is to scale one’s projects with a trusted cloud developer. Regardless of how much of the business is transferred to cloud, the system itself must be from a reputable brand.

Rene Bostic is IBM’s VP for Cloud Technical Sales. More technology insights here.