IBM makes an Impact on the cloud
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Out of nearly 400 sessions announced for IBM Impact 2013, there are already 41 sessions focusing on cloud computing topics and how to apply it to your business. But before you head to Las Vegas and start learning about the future of cloud, how much do you know about its history?
While cloud computing may seem like new and cutting-edge technology, the idea was conceived more than 50 years ago with the help of IBM. In the 1960’s, IBM first invented virtualization, a precursor to cloud computing. By solving the problem of multiple users accessing the same operating system, IBM opened up the door to allow users to easily share information.
At the same time that IBM was refining virtualization, some of the most famous American computer scientists expanded on the concept and suggested the possibility of a completely open and accessible computing system— what we now call the cloud. In 1961, computer scientist John McCarthy suggested the possibility of a computer time-sharing system and in 1969, J.C.R. Licklider connected ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), linking multiple computers in different cities.
Development in cloud computing slowed through the 1970s and 80s, but sprang forward again in the 1990s with grid computing and the invention of the internet. Just a few years later in 1999, Salesforce.com launched the first cloud product and Amazon, Google, IBM and many more jumped on the bandwagon, releasing their own cloud products in quick succession. Today, cloud computing is a billion-dollar industry and growing ever-larger.
Want to find out how Google and IBM collaborated to advance the cloud and more little-known cloud facts? Learn more with this INFOGRAPHIC from WebSphere Insights magazine and sign up for a free subscription at www.websphereinsights.com.