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A Brief History of Cloud Computing

While the “cloud computing” buzzword is a 21st century creation, it was born out of technology developed years ago. The ability to share resources over a network was a concept that was pursued in the early years of computing. Here’s a brief history of cloud computing:

The 1950s introduced mainframe computing, which brought to life the basic concept of centralized, shared computing that is the very basis of cloud computing. Mainframe computing allowed separate users to gain access to a mainframe computer using different terminals.

In 1966, the first iteration of the Internet was introduced, also known as ARPANET. ARPANET interconnected four different university computers and was truly the launch point for the Internet, which we know is the great facilitator of cloud services and solutions.

Years after, in 1996, the term “cloud computing” was finally coined in a report released by Compaq Computer Corporation, who saw this type of computing as the future.

From there, we saw the quick growth of the Internet as an environment with greater capabilities than previously imagined. The Dot-Com bubble burst, forcing the business world to reevaluate how it was using the Internet.

But not until around 2006 did “cloud computing” become a common term, when it was used repeatedly at an industry function. It was introduced into an environment of skepticism and confusion, with even industry leaders questioning if there was truly a need to replace infrastructures that had been used for decades. However, in the past 15 years or so, we’ve seen cloud computing gain huge strides with massive growth and acknowledged value for both businesses and consumers.

Around 2008 we really saw the cloud services market take off. Popular enterprises and Internet entities were making the transition and proving the true value of cloud computing, paving the way for the rest of the business world. There was initially a huge focus on private cloud computing, as organizations fearing for the safety of their data attempted to maintain control with this method. Also at this point, mobile devices were extremely prevalent, meaning suddenly anyone could access the cloud.

Today, the cloud is everywhere. It’s a common consumer tool, and businesses are eager to simplify their processes with cloud solutions. There are multiple environments, including private, public and hybrid cloud, and services, like IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, to choose from. Businesses today have plenty of options and can experience cloud environments perfectly suited to their needs. The worries surrounding security have lessened as cloud providers stepped up to the plate to accommodate business demands in this area. This is no longer a roadblock completely preventing organizations from considering cloud solutions.

RapidScale takes the cloud a step further by offering fully managed cloud solutions that free businesses from the responsibility of managing their infrastructure and computing resources. Not only do businesses benefit from the efficiency and simplicity provided by the cloud, but they also free up time to focus on truly developing business strategy and pursuing growth. Better yet, RapidScale has government-grade security measures in place, ranging from network to physical security, ensuring that customer data is protected at all times.

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