Cloud computing timeline illustrates cloud's past, predicts its future

To know where cloud is going, you have to know where it's from. This timeline illustrates cloud's bumpy history and what that means for its future.

To understand where you're going, it always helps to look where you've come from. Cloud computing has come a long way since its inception, when Amazon was still only known for selling books and movies, MySpace was considered "cloud," and experts argued on the true definition of cloud computing -- though the latter can still be true. By delving into this cloud computing history and timeline, IT pros can learn from past ups and downs and have a clearer idea of where the cloud market is heading -- though, of course, there are always unforeseen hiccups that can alter its course, such as the PRISM scandal. This cloud retrospective aims to give a high-level view of cloud's history and question what that means beyond 2014.

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Cloud computing timeline references

  • The market disagrees in defining cloud: VMware jumps onto cloud bandwagon; Solution providers play advisory role in cloud computing model; Minasi says cloud computing is rife with flaws; Tech Watch: Cloud computing services
  • Cloud market expands as more vendors join: VMware jumps onto cloud bandwagon; Atempo, Nirvanix offer cloud-based file archiving; Up, up and away: Oracle heads for the clouds; Microsoft Azure Platform moves Windows to Compute Cloud; Google et al. pitch cloud computing to wary IT pros; Rackspace attempts to retool hosting into cloud; Red Hat CTO elaborates on lofty 'cloud' vision; VMware unveils cloud computing vision with new Virtual Datacenter OS
  • IT attention shifts to emerging private clouds: Microsoft positions virtualization in the private cloud; IT shops shaping 'internal clouds'; Rackspace pitches pricey private cloud
  • The open source cloud movement takes hold: Eucalyptus hopes to keep open source ball rolling from academia to enterprise; Rackspace and NASA launch free cloud software; Comparing open source cloud platforms: OpenStack versus Eucalyptus
  • Cloud computing finds its niche: Netflix now the largest commercial operation in the cloud; Seven minutes of terror in cloud performance testing
  • Hybrid cloud is born: Hybrid cloud computing explained; Dow Jones pushes limits of hybrid cloud; Hybrid cloud: The best of public and private clouds
  • Where is cloud going? HPC systems: Out of the lab and into the enterprise; Cloud across borders: Best practices for global cloud privacy and security; NSA scandal serves as mother of invention for cloud privacy industry

Editorial credits
Writer: Caitlin White
Editor: Michelle Boisvert
UX/visual designer: Brian Linnehan
Copy editor: Francesca Sales
Producer: Lindsay Chase

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