It's amazing to think back to the beginning of computers and networks and what it has become today. Before the modern cloud could exist, there had to be mainframes, packet switched networks, hardware virtualization, software virtualization, sufficient topologies to run it all over (and a whole lot more).
It's incredible just how seamless the user experience has become for leading cloud solutions like Office 365, SalesForce.com and others. It's so exciting being a part of it all!
The concept of cloud computing dates back to the 1970’s when virtual machines were being created. While the buzzword “cloud-computing” is a 21st century creation, the ability to share resources over a network was being sought much earlier in time.
In the last 15 years cloud computing has gained significant strides in terms of the consistency of its growth and its value towards individuals and businesses alike.
Anyone remember Mark Minasi from Windows Magazine (among other publications)? He said,
Even if someone builds the Cadillac of cloud services, they’ll be out of business within a year.
Good thing he was wrong! I think Ray Ozzie, Microsoft chief software architect, hit the nail on the head when he said,
Is this cloud thing really different than any of the things we’ve known in the past? The answer is absolutely and resoundingly yes.