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Where the Cloud Was Born

        posted by , December 19, 2012

It sometimes feels as if we've entered a world of cloud and now there's nothing but cloud.

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Where did all this excitement about cloud computing come from? Where was the cloud born?

The Cloud was Born on the Internet

They don't call it the Internet anymore, they call it cloud computing. I'm no longer resisting the name. Call it what you want.
~ Larry Ellison
Think about the world before the Internet became a commercial success in the mid 1990s.

There were only a hand full of software deployments that could handle more than 10,000 concurrent users.

When the internet came along, suddenly innovative companies were serving millions of concurrent users. They were storing, processing and analyzing massive amounts of data at high speed.

Internet companies such as Google and Amazon built architectures to make thousands of computers look, feel and behave like one service. These architectures eventually became known as "cloud computing".

At first they did it to meet demand for their services. They did it to build their businesses.

They soon realized that this ability to make thousands of computers appear as a single service was a revolutionary idea. An idea that was worth a great deal of money.

Cloud for the Enterprise

Internet companies developed cloud services that had superior performance characteristics and better economics than traditional software and infrastructure approaches.

Most major internet companies were initially consumer-oriented. They soon saw opportunity to sell cloud services to businesses large and small.

Cloud architectures deliver managed services, massive processing and big data capabilities — all at attractive prices.

In other words, cloud is a superior approach to computing. It's likely that all organizations will eventually make the switch.

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