Many have forgotten that cloud computing isn’t a new term, in fact the idea of it has been around since the 1960′s!
In the 1960′s the concept for cloud computing was born, straight from the ideas of trail blazers like J.C.R. Licklider and John McCarthy. McCarthy wrote that “computation may someday be organized as a public utility.” Next was grid computing, the concept that came to in the early 1990′s as a way for making computing power as easy to access as an electric power grid, this idea helped to push the idea of cloud computing along for businesses to see it in effect.
In 1997, the actual term “Cloud Computing” was coined by Information Systems professor Ramnath Chellappa during a lecture where he defined it at “a new computing paradigm where the boundaries of computing will be determined by economic rationale rather than technical limits alone.”. A few years later, organizations started switching from hardware to cloud services. Many were attracted to benefits like a reduction in capital cost and increased efficiency.
The concept of cloud computing came through load and clear in the 1990′s when telecommunications companies began making radical shifts from regular data circuits to Virtual Private Networks (VPN). They noticed by switching to a VPN they were able to get work done more efficiently and inexpensively.
Be sure to check out the timeline below for more information on where cloud computing came from: