What is the Cloud?
Virtualized environments have been around a lot longer than people think. The concept we think of today as “the cloud” began before the 1950s. The original networks were built by universities who used government grant money to run networked “time share” supercomputers that no one could afford.
The age of microcomputers, or what we better know as desktops, brought a new phase to data processing. At first, big corporations (like the major energy companies) owned these microcomputers and they were connected in small, local area networks in a building. Eventually, offices needed to be networked and regions of the country and the world needed to be connected. As we grew in our sophistication of computing data, the industry moved back to the model originally built, where data was kept more in a central location. The cloud is that central location.