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The history of the cloud

We tend to think of cloud computing as a relatively new phenomenon but it has actually been around for much longer than many of us realise.

What is cloud computing?

Simply put the cloud is a central location where information is processed and stored. Without even thinking about it most of us use the cloud in our professional and personal lives every day. From listening to iTunes or Spotify to managing business accounts through an online service provider, all these applications use cloud computing.

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The evolution of cloud computing

Cloud computing has evolved over time but in its earliest incarnation it dates back to the 1960s with the idea of an “intergalactic computer network.” This was introduced by JCR Licklider, his vision was for it to be possible for anyone, anywhere in the world to be interconnected and to be able to access the same data and programmes.  It was this thinking which laid the foundations for grid computing and then for the development of cloud computing as we know it today.

Cloud computing for everyone has been a possibility since internet bandwidth improved in the 1990s. Salesforce.com which launched in the late 90s was one of the first significant web applications which brought cloud-based applications to businesses of all shapes and sizes.

All the major software providers have since developed their own suites of cloud-based services.  The majority of businesses now operate using cloud-based services such as Office 365, Microsoft Azure, SharePoint and Dynamics CRM as well as using the cloud for their data storage and back-ups as well as web hosting.

The future of cloud computing

In the past people were concerned about the security of cloud-based solutions but security has improved dramatically and as technology has developed users have adopted more and more cloud-based applications.

Businesses are increasingly working in different ways and demand the flexibility that cloud computing offers.  We predict that the adoption of cloud-based solutions and applications will continue to grow in the future.

If you are considering migrating to the cloud then get in touch to find out more about it or to discuss your requirements and how we can help.