The Evolution of Cloud Computing | @SolutionsReview Explores
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The Evolution of Cloud Computing | @SolutionsReview Explores

Hello and Welcome to Solutions Review Explores
– I’m Jonathan Paula. Today we’ll take a look at the history and
evolution of cloud computing over the years, from the original concepts that first spawned
the idea, to the first major cloud developments, and finally to what the cloud is like today. Although cloud computing has its roots in
technologies dating as far back as the 1950s, the rise of the Internet and the public release
of the World Wide Web in the 1990s was the first major step in creating the cloud as
we know it. Users could connect with each other over the
Internet using their own computers, and their devices did not need to have a physical connection
to each other. This spawned the idea: what if users could
access applications and services on the Web hosted locally or a company’s infrastructure? Rather than relying on physical distribution,
companies could simply provide a download link on a webpage for customers to access
from home. Salesforce was one of the first businesses
to take advantage of this when they released their business applications online in 1999,
which became the first major example of the software-as-a-service deployment model. The next major step in cloud computing’s
evolution came in 2002, when Amazon internally released Amazon Web Services, or AWS. Amazon needed to provide their employees with
the database and computing resources they needed for their projects, but also create
a common, scalable environment that developers could pull these resources from. They created AWS as a shared infrastructure
with computing resources already installed for its users to work with. This dramatically increased worker productivity
because it eliminated the need to build an infrastructure for every project, and because
the environment was the same for each project, it also increased collaboration between developers. All of this helped fuel Amazon’s decision
to release AWS to the public in 2006, making it the first public cloud environment on the
market. The public launch of AWS was comprised of
three services: Simple Storage Service, Simple Queue Service, and Elastic Compute Cloud. Amazon also innovated the pay-as-you-use pricing
model, meaning that cloud users only paid for the resources they used, rather than paying
a fixed rate for a set amount of assets. And soon this became the default pricing model
that cloud providers use today, as it promotes cost efficiency for enterprises. Amazon saw massive success with AWS, and would
expand the platform heavily over the years, currently supporting over 100 distinct services
within AWS and thousands of businesses. Even Netflix’s massive video streaming library
lives on AWS. Other companies followed suit as well, and
created their own cloud environments. Two of the most notable – which I we touched
upon in part of this series – is Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, both of which
have gained a steady foothold in the public cloud market. Today, cloud computing has grown to encompass
a wide variety of services across a multitude of technology categories. It’s not too far-fetched to say that you
can perform just about any business-critical task in the cloud, and the list continues
to grow. Companies are designing cloud solutions for
emerging technologies, such as augmented reality and the Internet of Things. The majority of enterprises operating today
have adopted a cloud computing solution in some way, whether they have a full cloud infrastructure
or use a handful of cloud-based applications in their business. For more information on cloud computing – and
to download a free copy of our comprehensive buyer’s guide all about it, please visit Link, as always, are in the description below. And be sure to join us next time on Solutions
Review Explores. I’m Jonathan Paula – thanks for watching.

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