How Cloud Computing Has Advanced Over the Years No single day passes without millions of people making use of one of the many features offered by cloud computing.
There have been a lot of improvements in technology over the years, especially in the computing world. While most computers were comfortable with Intel Pentium processors back in the year 2000, nowadays they really can’t do much. Today, you’ll probably hear more of terms such as Xeon, i5, and i7 whenever you inquire about computer processors.
However, apart from the advancements in computer hardware, there have also been a lot of improvements in computer networking, especially in cloud computing.
What Is Cloud Computing?
Though a good number of people are still clueless about cloud computing, they always make use of cloud computing systems almost every single day.
Cloud computing is simply the process of getting work done by the use of applications and resources of a network environment. From this definition, we can easily see how using a web-based email application like Gmail utilizes the features of a cloud computing system.
How Does Cloud Computing Work?
To get a better understanding of how cloud computing works, imagine yourself in this situation: You have a company that deals with graphic design. Photoshop, by all means, must be one of the applications required by all of your employees.
However, Photoshop goes for well over $500, and it would cost way more money if you bought multiple licenses for all your employees. In short, this would be a problem.
Cloud computing comes to the rescue by enabling Photoshop to be installed in a central computer which all the employees can access via the internet. We can now see that one doesn’t have to buy software for each and every employee, thanks to cloud computing. Employees will only need to have simple computers that will allow them to access Photoshop online. Additionally, employees won’t have to worry about upgrading their computers so that Photoshop will run on them since the central computer takes care of that.
Generally, that is how cloud computing works, and there are several examples of where cloud computing is used other than in Web-based email applications. Any application that can run on your PC can be installed in a cloud computing system so that more than one person can use the application.
The history behind cloud computing
Though the term “cloud computing” started being used more frequently from the year 2005, it actually came into existence in the year 1997.
The concept cloud computing concept arose from telecommunication companies which were responsible for the shift from point-to-point data circuits to VPNs. They figured out that it was way cheaper to optimize the way they used their resources through load balancing.
The idea about cloud computing came into existence in the late 90’s. It only took two years after the birth of the idea for the first form of cloud computing to be implemented by salesforce.com. Their concept about cloud computing was pretty simple. They had an aim of delivering enterprise applications by using a Web site.
Amazon Web service was the next big mover in cloud computing which was then followed by Google Docs in 2006. Google left a big legacy in the cloud computing world since it was after its launch that more people began knowing more about cloud computing. During the same year, Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud also increased the awareness of cloud computing systems.
After Google had laid out the red carpet, bigger companies started focusing more on cloud computing. In 2009, Microsoft finally entered into the cloud computing world, and currently, they are spending billions of dollars researching on better ways to expedite the growth of cloud computing.
With more companies investing billions of dollars in cloud computing, it’s pretty clear that cloud computing is going nowhere but up.
David MalmborgDavid Malmborg is Social Media Manager at Fusion-io, a company that specializes in the acceleration databases, virtualization, cloud computing, big data, and applications. He works closely with Dell on Cloud Computing and has written for SEO.com as a SEO Specialist.