Cloud and Virtualization – Cro-Magnon Computing

January 7, 2010

Yes, I am going to express my view on Cloud and Virtualization.  Everyone else has, why not me?  Common wisdom is that the big enterprise computing innovations for the twenty-tens will ride on the backs of Cloud and Virtualization.  Fortunately, I have been exposed to the Cloud and to Virtualization longer than most, all the way back in the Cro-Magnon Computing era of IT, during which I was born as programmer.

In fact, I figure I was one of the first to actually use the Cloud.  Was I an early beta user of Salesforce.com?  Nope, that happened 10 years ago, late-to-the-game of the Cloud era.  I am talking Cloud circa 1973.  We used National CSS, at least I think that was the name, a timesharing facility out of Stamford, CT or near there.  On our remote terminals we would load a program, load data, and run the workload (we called it a job).  It would spit out a report that we could view online or we could print.  The NCSS “data center” was 200 miles away roughly from our downtown Boston office.  Is this a whole lot different than what you can do with Amazon EC2? (more…)

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