Cloud Computing

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What was the first computer? Most people would argue that it was the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) created in 1943 used to compute artillery range charts in WWII. This revolutionary piece of equipment was sized at over 1500 square feet; the ENIAC was the one of the most complex electrical system ever build at the time (Freiberger & Swaine, 2013). This massive machine however was not the first computer. The basic element that makes a computer is the ability to store and process data and there is nothing in this world that can do that better than Homo sapiens. Till 1943, we were the ones who had to compute and crunch numbers using our own mental capability without the use of any technological devices. This meant that all the information needed from day to day tasks had to be located in or around the organization including any type of book, document, and general information. Each person had to be there own computers, figuring out what is the fastest and most efficient way to access needed information and consolidates that into something they could use. As the human species moved through the 20th century, we moved away from that old way of personal computation and started using technology to boost our productivity allowing for world to be connected like never before. Personal computing power has never been this strong. Using new technology and the creation of the World Wide Web in 1989 allow for the progression of computer to take off at faster speeds than ever predicted. It was not till last ten years that there has been a kind of a reversal in the future of computing by moving all the computing power back into one place called data centers, allowing users to connect to massive amounts of data almost... ... middle of paper ... ...– google. [online] Retrieved from: http://www.google.com/about/datacenters/inside/locations/ [Accessed: 16 Feb 2014]. Let it rise. (2014). The Economist, October 23, 2008. Marks, G. (2013). Do you replace your server or go to the cloud? the answer may surprise you. [online] Retrieved from: http://www.forbes.com/sites/quickerbettertech/2013/04/29/do-you-replace-your-server-or-go-to-the-cloud-the-answer-may-surprise-you/ [Accessed: 16 Feb 2014]. Nicholas Carr's "Big Switch" Keynote Address. (2009). [video] Citrix Synergy Conference. Opencloudmanifesto.org. (2009). Open cloud manifesto.org. [online] Retrieved from: http://www.opencloudmanifesto.org/ [Accessed: 16 Feb 2014]. Wallace, E. (2014). After target breach, homeland security warns retailers. [online] Retrieved from: http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/16/news/companies/target-breach-report/ [Accessed: 16 Feb 2014].

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