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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.


IBM Past 100: The Many Historic Firsts Of a Trailblazing Company

Today known for its many significant contributions to the development of the Information age, IBM pre-dates much of the very technology that made it a household name by several years, with roots spanning more than 100 years.

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Although the company was incorporated in 1911, its origins stretch as far back as the 1880s. What would later be known as IBM brought together elements of various predecessor businesses, including one created by Dr. Alexander Dey, inventor of the first dial recorder.

Even in its distant youth, the company had blazed new trails and pioneered ideas in both technology and the workplace long before they became standard. Shortly after incorporation in 1914, the nascent IBM hired its first employee with disabilities, a full 76 years before the enactment of the U.S. Disabilities Act. It would continue this tradition of providing opportunities (and optimizing their own products) for individuals with disabilities.

IBM had also been one of the many companies that pioneered workplace equality, having had a female vice president in 1943 and hiring its first African American sales representative a full 18 years ahead of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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In addition to being responsible for huge strides in computer technology, IBM and its researchers have made significant contributions to mathematics and science. IBM scientist Benoit Mandelbrot, for instance, laid the foundation for modern fractal mathematics and even lent his name to a set of fractals. Today, the company continues to foster innovation through initiatives like the World Community Grid and the Smarter Planet and Smarter Cities programs.

Rene Bostic has been with IBM for several years and currently serves as the Vice President of Cloud Technical Sales for IBM North America. For more reads about IBM and information technology, visit this blog.

Of Trailblazers And Giants: The History Of Ibm

It would be an understatement to call International Business Machines, more popularly known as IBM, a giant in the technology industry. IBM is nothing short of a global leader in manufacturing computer hardware and software, as well as infrastructure construction and consultancy. It employs over 400,000 people from more than 170 countries. It also has 12 major research facilities in the world. However, IBM came from humble beginnings.

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Back in 1890, Herman Hollerith invented a card tabulator that was successfully used in the 1890 U.S. Census. It only took Hollerith’s invention six weeks to count 62 million individuals. This would be the prototype of a machine that came 16 years later. In 1906, the said counting machine had an auto-feed for cards and a control panel. This new machine is what many technology scholars recognize as the ancestor of the modern computer.

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Five years later, Charles Flint organized a merger between The Tabulating Machine Company, the Computing Scale Company, the Bundy Manufacturing Company, and the International Time Recording Company. Thomas Watson Sr. came in in 1914 to take control of the mega-company and led it to unprecedented success.

One of the most important programs the company introduced was education for its employees. People under the consolidated companies began to learn about management and technology.

On Feb. 14, 1924, Watson changed the name of the company into International Business Machines Corporation or IBM.

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