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Utterly Amazing Web Series: History of Cloud Computing


A web series chronicling the history and origins of popular stuff. In this episode of “The Utterly Amazing Web Series,” the history of widely used and widely misunderstood cloud computing.

This video covers the etymology of cloud computing in general usage and popular culture. It lightly touches on the development of cloud based business models in the mid 90’s such as software as a service, platform as a service, and infrastructure as a service. It gives a two part definition of what cloud computing actually is. It briefly talks about the creation of the internet and its early history, the expansion of the internet through the 80’s, the dot com bubble and its subsequent crash by 2000, Amazon Web Services early role in the popularization of cloud services, the echo boom growth of cloud based services companies, developments in communications infrastructure, and cloud computing today.

Special thanks to the Computer History Museum, IBM Archives, and Raytheon for use of their archival images used in the making of this video.