Cloud Computing has a history that far exceeds what many think is a new trend, in fact, its has roots back to 1955. John McCarthy created Artificial Intelligence and coined the term time-sharing.  Just to give you an idea of the cost, well let’s just say, it was in the millions. Small companies wanted to do similar automation that the bigger companies so often enjoyed.  So, if users could find a solution to share the resource amongst several users, they could effectively lease the computer.

Through some phases that include grid computing and utility computing, application service provision (ASP), and Software as a Service (SaaS). The idea of a connected network was influenced by J.C.R. Licklider, responsible for enabling the development of ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, a secret communications network by the US Gov’t) in 1969.  Later, it was renamed the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  The first communications network to implement the protocol suite TCP/IP. J.C.R Licklider’s intention was for everyone to communicate and accessing programs and data at any site, from anywhere.  Other experts are attributing the cloud concept to computer Scientist John McCarthy.  The proposed idea was to serve as a public utility, similar to the service bureaus.

Enough of the boring stuff! Below is an image outlining the History of Cloud Computing.

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