We have been talking about the concept, the fears, the advantages and the services Cloud Computing provides within the last few blog articles. Since we want our clients to be informed and give them the chance for a deeper understanding of this technology, today’s topic faces the development of cloud computing: What was the idea behind it?
According to ComputerWeekly.com the concept of delivering computing resources through a global network has already come up in the sixties. The idea was to enable an interconnection and access program and data at any site, from anywhere for everyone on the globe.
Despite this early emergence, one of the first milestones for cloud computing for the masses however was the arrival of a software as a service (SaaS) company that distributed business software on a subscription basis in 1999. This pioneered the concept of delivering enterprise applications via a simple website. The services firm paved the way for both specialist and mainstream software firms to deliver applications over the internet.
Web Services were developed around 2002, which provided several cloud-based services including storage, computation and even human intelligence. In 2006 first commercial web services evolved that allowed small companies and individuals to rent computers on which to run their own computer applications. Web 2.0 spread in 2009 whereby Google and others started to offer browser-based enterprise applications.
The other key factors that made the development of cloud computing possible are virtualization technology, the universal high-speed bandwidth and universal software interoperability standards.
The cloud has evolved – are you ready to do the same?