A brief history of time on the origins of the phrase ‘Cloud’
I talk to all sorts of people about cloud computing. Some have heard of it, but few rarely understand it. Even those that work in the IT industry have issues with the basic concepts. In a series of blogs about this subject, we are going to explore what cloud computing really is. Ironically, a lot of us are already using cloud based services, but are doing so without realising it. More of this later, but in the meantime, lets look at where the term of cloud came from…
The term of ‘Cloud’ is used nowadays as a metaphor for the internet, based on a drawing of a cloud to represent the Internet. It originally was used to represent the telephone network!
Below is a simple computer network drawing to illustrate what the Cloud is.
In this example the people on the left are connecting the the web servers on the far right. In order to do this, they are using the Internet, which is represented by a drawing of a Cloud. We use a Cloud to represent all of the networking and firewall infrastructure that we know nothing about. We just know that it’s there and it works. We don’t need to know how it works or what it is. It’s just a ‘Cloud’ of networked devices, otherwise known as the ‘Internet’!
And it’s as simple as that!
So next time you are talking to someone about ‘Cloud’, you can tell them why it’s called that!
The first scholarly use of the term ‘Cloud Computing’ was in a 1997 lecture by Ramnath Chellappa. However, the underlying concept of Cloud Computing can be traced back to the 1960′s when John McCarthy suggested that “Computation may someday be organised as a public utility”. The term of ‘Cloud’ was coined by telecommunications companies in the 1990′s as a demarcation point between infrastructure that belonged to them and infrastructure that belonged to the user.
Sometimes comedy can be prescient and timely and teach us a thing or two…
Lessons can be learned from the most unlikely of places, this is a typical example “Gramophone”
What does this tell us?
Whilst Grandad doesn’t need to be a record player expert, he should at least understand some of the technology that he is talking about.
First of all asking if they sell gramophones and then ‘what do I do about with my old 78′s’ doesn’t endear him to those ‘subject matter experts’ who are mercilessly ripping him apart. Then, they continue asking irrelevant questions, trying to catch him out (do you want an amp?), whilst not offering any assistance (No, no clues!).
Regardless of your technical ability, it’s always better to have at least an appreciation of the technologies involved, which is why we started this website, the naked cloud guy!
We don’t expect any provider of Cloud Computing or Virtualisation to be asking if you want a bag over your head, but it’s always better to be prepared to know the answer.
You never know when someone will ask if you want slimline salad dressing….!
Two questions I get asked a lot….
- What is Cloud Computing?
- What is Virtualisation?
The problem lies with the answers!
The aim of the Naked Cloud Guy website is to explain, investigate and ask questions about the answers to these two questions and what they mean to the man (or woman) in the street.
As well as looking at what Cloud Computing and Virtualisation is, we’ll also be looking at what it is not. There is a lot of ‘Cloud Washing’ and Cloud ‘Land Grabbing’. We’ll be taking a more in-depth view of this and getting input from those business people who are currently using both Cloud Computing and Virtualisation in today’s business arena.
You never know, you may already be using this technology and not even realise it!
If you don’t know what the answers are and don’t have a technical background, then this website is for you!