Cloud phenomenon: the past, present and future

Weird enough, but in the future when you say “cloud” first that comes in to your mind may not be white, fluffy objects, floating in the sky. This article is about The Cloud, where it all started, the history of it, how today it considered to be en engine of digital evolution and what should we expect from cloud in the future.

Past

The idea of delivering computing resources through a global network (Internet) was first conceptualized in the 1960s by Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider, he was responsible for the development of Advanced Research Projects Agency Network back in 1969. They called it “Intergalactic Computer Network”.

Than in 1999 salesforce.com fired with another crucial cloud concept. They started delivering enterprise applications via website. This service was a trigger for mainstream software firms to start delivering applications to there customers over the internet.

The major leap in development of the cloud came in 2002, with a birth of the giant, the public cloud - Amazon Web Services (AWS). Years after, in 2006 came Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), this event turned cloud into most powerful and innovating force we see today.

Present

Now it’s fear to say that cloud has become that pushing force in digital evolution, providing all necessary tools on every level. Today in the cloud you can build and run an infrastructure, test, adjust and deploy ideas, create your own platforms and software as service these features has been adding value to the businesses across various industries. Cloud technologies are now making billions for cloud service providers.

Nowadays single cloud storage can span multiple servers and multiple locations. The cloud service providers take care of physical environment, managing availability and security. Cloud security weakness - now thing of the past, it even considered as strengths comparing to other hosting solutions.

Today cloud technologies are available to anyone, anywhere. It has become a new standard approach for management and deployment of applications within leading companies. On the top of that most new software is developed and tested using cloud as the central architectural tenant.

Present

From simple hosting services cloud now evolved to Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and it seems that anything is possible.

Future

The cloud considered to be the most optimized way to run a network. But now there seems to be the way to enhance the optimisation even farther.

Edge computing is a method of optimizing cloud computing systems "by taking the control of computing applications, data, and services away from some central nodes (the "core") to the other logical extreme (the "edge") of the Internet" which makes contact with the physical world.

Edge computing with Internet of Things (IoT) has much to offer connecting thousands or even millions of devices, management modules, sensors. Providing all kind of useful data, real-time transport monitoring, updating travel times, streaming media in real-time, at a high resolution and projected onto display for each user and so on.

Edge-diagram

Unfortunately there is still a lot of obstacles on the way of Edge computing and it hard to say for sure if it will triumph or not. One thing I can say, with absolute certainty, that the future of cloud technology is bright. Simply because the list of benefits is just to good to ignore: cost effectiveness, performance, security, agility and reliability.

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