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Cloud Computing:
A Brief History and Its Evolution

Allison Karavos
April 25, 2022

Cloud computing has come a long way since its humble beginnings in mainframe computing several decades ago. It has evolved to become an integral part of modern-day technology, offering businesses and individuals unprecedented flexibility and accessibility to vast computing resources. In this blog, we’ll explore the history and evolution of cloud computing, and how it has paved the way for a new generation of cloud computing that promises even greater value and automation.

Cloud Computing’s Humble Beginnings

The concept of cloud computing is rooted in the mainframe computing era of the 1950s, where computer systems were massive and expensive to operate. It was during this time that virtualization, the precursor to cloud computing, was first introduced. Virtualization allowed multiple users to share a single mainframe computer, reducing costs and increasing efficiency.

Virtualization remained a niche technology until the advent of personal computers in the 1980s. With the rise of the internet in the 1990s, the concept of remotely accessing computing resources over a network began to take shape. However, it wasn’t until the 2000s that cloud computing as we know it today began to emerge.

Amazon Leads the Way

In 2006, Amazon launched Amazon Web Services (AWS), a cloud computing platform that allowed businesses and individuals to access computing resources over the internet. AWS was the first cloud platform to offer on-demand computing resources, allowing businesses to scale up or down as needed, without having to invest in expensive hardware or software. AWS quickly gained popularity, and other cloud providers, such as Microsoft and Google, followed suit. Today, cloud computing has become a ubiquitous technology, with businesses of all sizes using it to power their operations.

We’re already starting to see the emergence of the “super cloud” or “cloud +1,” which sits above the cloud, offering businesses a ready-to-go system. This new cloud architecture will need an easy-to-use visual front-end so that users can assemble cloud “building blocks” for a total solution.

The Financial Industry and Cloud Computing

The financial industry has traditionally been slow to adopt cloud technology. However, this is changing rapidly. In a Cloud Security Alliance survey last year, 61% of respondents admitted that a cloud strategy is only in the formative stages within their organization.

With the capabilities cloud computing offers, banks and other financial institutions can’t afford to ignore the cloud. By using cloud computing, they can do more with less and reduce high in-house IT costs.

Cloud computing has come a long way since its inception in the mainframe computing era. From its humble beginnings, it has evolved to become an integral part of modern-day technology, offering businesses and individuals unparalleled access to vast computing resources. As we look to the future, the next generation of cloud computing promises even greater.

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