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.
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.