You’ve heard it before – “this is going to change everything” or “with this new service, things will be much faster”… The keyword is – change.
So does it? As much as things change, do they really stay the same?
By nature – the human race has evolved, we always have. So it only makes sense that as we evolve so does everything around us, including our technology. Think about what significant changes have happened in the last 30 years.
- Personal Computers
- Cell Phones
- The Internet
- RFID (Radio-frequency identification)
- Social Media
- Smart Phones
- The Cloud
Have these technologies change us? You bet they have!
I recall a conversation I had with my grandfather many years ago, I really miss him. We were sitting in his living room and he was telling me about the life changing events in his life time, he was born in 1901. He talked of things like:
- The car (invented in the late 1800’s, it did not become available to the public until the early 1900’s)
- The telephone – (1876, commonly use in 1930s)
- The paperclip – (1901)
- The washing machine – (1908)
- The vacuum cleaner – (1901)
- The refrigerator – (1926, revised in 1950)
- The microwave – (1954)
- Sliced bread – (1928)
- The zipper – (1913)
- The radio – (1914)
- The television – (1923, color TV is 1940)
- Air conditioning – (Surprise – 1920)
- Commercial air travel – (1914)
- Landing on the moon – (1969)
Today – almost everyone has, or has access to a computer and a smart phone. What has wireless and RFID brought us? How about Fast-Trak and package tracking around the globe.
So what about the cloud, what has the cloud done for us? Do you use the cloud? You may not know it, but chances are you are using the cloud right now. Reading this article – it’s stored in the cloud. Checking your email – it’s stored in the cloud. What about checking your friends Facebook page – yeah, that is stored in the cloud too.
Like it or not, you have arrived, and you use the cloud – probably on a daily basis.
It is hard to distinguish a conception point of the cloud. Depending on who you ask, somewhere between 2005 and 2006 the first cloud offering appeared.
Now – today we can provide:
- Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
- Platform as a service (PaaS)
- Software as a service (SaaS)
So – when is the last time you’ve been to the cloud?