In a previous blog, we went into depth and discussed “What is the Cloud?” but where did the cloud begin? Today we will provide you with a brief introduction to the history of cloud computing, specifically how the idea of the cloud came to be.
Many things had to converge for Cloud Computing to be possible. However, cloud computing never would have existed without an idea, and that’s where Dr. Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider came into the picture.
In 1962, Dr. Licklider was working as the Head of the Information Processing Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). It is here that he sent out several memos detailing the “Intergalactic Computer Network.” These memos were the earliest ideas of a global computer network, or a network similar to the modern Cloud.
Later at ARPA, Dr. Licklider described the challenges of establishing a time-sharing network of computers. These descriptions, combined with Dr. Licklider’s push for research, led to the creation of ARPAnet, a precursor to the internet.
Dr. Licklider was well ahead of his time. At this point in the 1960s, the internet didn’t exist, and computers were only used as machines for mathematics. One of these revolutionary ideas was cloud computing, though he didn’t call it that at the time. The idea of connecting people to data from anywhere, at any time, using computers was a new idea and eventually would revolutionize how we interact with data daily.
With the groundwork laid for both Cloud Computing and the Internet, the first steps towards Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage could take shape. The 70s and 80s would see computing start to take hold as a way for institutions to share data. Many government entities started to install their first computers, launch network operating systems, and begin to create the infrastructure needed for truly accessible data through the Cloud.
However, it wasn’t until the 90s that what we now know as Cloud Computing started to be realized. In our next, The History of Cloud Computing, we will go into more detail on how the late 1990s and early 2000s was the birth of the Cloud as we know it today.
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