A Brief History of the Public Cloud
Over the past decade or so, the word “cloud” has taken on a new meaning to many people. Rather than a visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the sky, the cloud has taken to the IT industry in the form of data. We have private clouds, public clouds, hybrid clouds, community clouds – what do these mean and where did they come from, if not from Mother Nature?
So what is a cloud these days?
On a barebones level, a cloud refers to a [relatively] infinitely large liquidity pool of compute and storage resources that can be accessed by individuals through a portal of some sort. Whether it be the internet, an application on their phone, or through some other means of access, people can retrieve their data from pretty much anywhere. This is useful for everyday usage in the likes of Google Drive or Apple’s iCloud where anyone can save a document at work and edit the same document from home. Where the cloud has really planted its roots, so to speak, is in the enterprise business sector. With public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google and Salesforce, businesses are able to avoid paying for physical infrastructure on site and “rent” space in the cloud. Cloud computing is changing the game for IT in many ways, both good and bad.
Read the entire article here, A Brief History of the Public Cloud
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