What is Cloud Computing?

Posted by Vaughn Pourchot on 1/30/20 9:00 AM
Vaughn Pourchot
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It is time for some tech talk. In this blog, we are going to discuss a pivotal element that everyone uses in their everyday life, whether they know it or not - Cloud Computing.

History of Cloud Computing

Without cloud computing, the conveniences we enjoy on a daily basis would not be possible. Let's take a trip back in time to better understand how we got to where we are today. Interestingly enough, the term 'computer' actually dates back to 1613. It was used to describe a human who performed calculations or computations. While the first mechanical computer did not come into existence until 1910, the concept for said computer was introduced in 1822 by Charles Babbage. He was never able to complete the project due to funding shortfalls. Fortunately his son, Henry Babbage, carried on his legacy and brought the first mechanical computer capable of performing basic calculations to life. The device was huge, occupying the vast majority of a small room.

The first concept of what we consider a modern Cloud Computingcomputer what proposed by Alan Turing in 1936, The Turing Machine. It actually printed symbols on paper. This concept was expanded upon to create The Colossus, developed by Tommy Flowers in 1943. It was used in World War II to hack encrypted German messages. It was the first electric, programmable computer and, arguably, saved the world.

The primitive forms of what we know as modern-day computers were huge!

Have you ever wondered where the term 'Bug' comes from in the tech world? Nowadays, we all too regularly find ourselves trying to 'fix a bug' in a computer program. Now, it refers to an error in our code, but it originally was a literal term. The computers were so big that, from time to time, a real bug would find it's way inside the computer and cause a short circuit between to electric components, resulting in a crash of the computer. How funny is that? A 'computer bug' was once literally a bug in a computer!

As years passed, one of the primary objectives was to optimize computers with the long-term trend of making them smaller and smaller. It was not until 1975 that the world was given it's first portable computer. It weighed a whopping 55 pounds and had 64 KB of RAM. Compare that to a modern-day laptop that weighs less than 10 pounds and has at least 8 GB of RAM. Not to mention the business tools they are capable of running.

Why is "The Cloud" so Important?

History of Cloud ComputingSo, what does this all have to do with Cloud Computing? As devices got smaller and smaller, but the resources demanded by these devices gets bigger and bigger, there needed to be a way that one could still enjoy the convenience of a lightweight laptop, or smart phone for that matter, and not sacrifice computing power. Enter Cloud Computing.

In a nutshell, Cloud Computing provided a means of enhancing a computer's performance by utilizing a network of computers, called servers, hosted on the internet to store, manage and process data. It is thanks to Cloud Computing that we continue to see exponential growth in the capabilities of the tech world. This is an important factor in business automation.

Hopefully you can now answer the question of "What is cloud computing?" and use it in strategy for organizations. What's the next big idea in the tech world that will be commercialized? That could very well be Quantum Computers, but we will save that for another blog.

Topics: cloud, cloud computing, quantum computer, technology, The Colossus, Tommy Flowers, turing machine


About the Author: Vaughn Pourchot

Vaughn is the CEO of VTR second, and a loving husband/father first. He took control of VTR in 2016 when he saw a platform and associated content that was not being utilized to it’s full potential. He has always had a passion for learning and wanted to provide the masses a low cost means to study the building blocks of running a business. VTR was born from this passion. Seeing that only MBA programs offered the knowledge that everyone deserves to know, he took an online MBA program and put a team in place that could scale down the courses in to bite-size chunks that everyone could afford to pursue. Thanks to a dedicated team VTR continues to grow and hopes to one day be the go to for Continuing Education needs.

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