Cloud computing has a lengthy history despite the fairly recent rise in popularity. With the original network concept dating back over 50 years to a request the government made to MIT computer scientists, the idea of a shared computing system for data access isn’t exactly new.
The rise of the internet pushed the availability of cloud usage into the conceptual realm from the theoretical one; as files and programs began to be shared over the internet rather than on hard drives or via disks for download, the possibilities of the cloud – originally a piece of tech jargon to describe the space between a service provider and an end user – became far more realistic.
Salesforce was one of the first players in the cloud space, followed shortly thereafter by Amazon Web Services, two names that still plays a prominent role in the state of modern cloud services. Google’s Drive platform launched shortly after, as did their data center based enterprise hosting services. Essentially the first stages of what we now have accepted to be an essential approach to computing, these first steps into public hosting options and virtual machine development helped shape the current state of the public cloud services.
In many ways, public networks have a longer history than private cloud do. In the original days of the cloud, many companies didn’t have the know-how to implement private cloud solutions, leading to an embrace of public platforms. Third party private providers are a newer take on the industry; until recently, the options for private hosting were limited, leaving companies with a public cloud or a costly and complex infrastructure challenge.
Today, implementing a private infrastructure is easier than ever, providing stiff competition to public alternatives for those who prioritize security and a customized platform.
With advances in cloud deployments, data center and public and private cloud technology, we’ve seen advances in computing, computing resources, and applications for businesses across the board. Now Virtual machines, virtual private cloud environments and a host of other cloud platform options are available to help improve a company’s computing model.