July 14th, 2020 By: Joshua Pursel
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is the future of how we save data and how we operate our businesses on the web. It also is a topic most people do not truly understand how to utilize. In this article I want to try to explain what cloud computing is in a more layman sense. It can be a very technical and hard to understand topic so I am going to try and give some background information on how cloud computing came to be, where we are today and a brief look into the future of cloud computing.
The earliest idea related to cloud computing was in 1963, DARPA gave MIT $2 million for research. They hoped that they could develop a technology that would allow for multiple people to use one computer simultaneously. The research created a very infantile version of the cloud. They developed a way for two or three people to access the computer at the same time.
By the 1990’s, businesses began to sell virtual private networks. These offered comparable service quality and a lower cost compared to the traditional dedicated point-to-point data circuits. The companies were using a cloud symbol to show the line between what providers were responsible for and what users were responsible for and this boundary grew to encompass all servers and the network infrastructure.
Starting in the mid 2000’s we began to see many business giants launching cloud based products/services. A list of the major ones are:
August 2006, Amazon created their subsidiary Amazon Web Services (AWS)
April 2008, Google releases beta version of Google App Engine
February 2010, Microsoft released Microsoft Azure
December 2013, Google Compute Engine released for general availability