The History of Cloud Computing

The History of Cloud Computing

While today it may be difficult to go more than a day or two without hearing about remote desktops or cloud computing, you’ll likely be shocked at the origin of this global phenomenon.

Cloud Computing Dates Back to the 1950s

It may be a shock to some, but, in the 1950s, organizations began to use large mainframe computers and because of their high cost most businesses simply couldn’t afford them. For this reason, companies used a form of “time-sharing” that allowed multiple companies to see the benefits of these mainframe machines.

Another Notable Event Occurred in 1969

In 1969 an American scientist by the name of J. C. R. Licklider helped to develop something called the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, which was the predecessor to the present day Internet. Many look at this innovation as the foundation for cloud computing as a whole.

Cloud Computing Really Took Off during the 1970s through the mid-1990s

With the increased popularity of high speed Internet, cloud computing really began to take hold. IBM released its first version of the VM operating system in 1972 and, in the 1990s, a variety of telecom companies began to use cloud computing to create virtual private networks. The origin of the term “cloud computing” isn’t as easily identified. Some say that executives at Compaq coined the phrase in 1996, while others say that a professor at the University of Texas, Ramnath Chellappa, first used the phrase at a conference in 1997.

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Regardless of the origin, there is no doubt that the cloud can significantly improve the efficiency of your business. For more information on how this technology can benefit your business, give CyberlinkASP a call today at 972-262-5200.