GFAQ - How old is Cloud Technology?

Welcome to the latest edition of Gary's frequently asked questions. With permission from Gary, we've created a series of answers to some of the most common problems in the IT industry that Gary has asked us for help with over the time we've been his IT consultant. We'll take it from here, thanks, Gary.

“How old is cloud technology?”

Well Gary, cloud technology is regarded as new and innovative to most people. To answer the question we first need to understand cloud technology.

Cloud technology refers to more than just one system. Cloud computing, for example, is shared pools of computer networks making use of virtualization to perform tasks. This is different to cloud storage which is a model of computer data storage over computer networks, often used for backing up data and data recovery.  

The concept of cloud technology has been around since the 1960's when the idea of an 'intergalactic' computer network was introduced by a man called JCR Licklider, who was responsible for enabling the development of the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) in 1969.  At the same time, another computer scientist, John McCarthy, proposed the idea of computation being delivered as a public utility. While experts debate as to whom to attribute the concept of cloud technology's creation to, it is certain that it all began in the 1960's.

For many businesses of the world it is no longer a question of whether or not cloud technology is something they should be using, but one of how quickly can it be implemented. This is because cloud computing and cloud storage save time and money by moving a lot of the IT infrastructure off-site and into third-party management. It allows a company to contract a third party provider of IT services such as AAG to handle and maintain all of their IT services for them instead of hiring an internal IT support team.


“So how do you start outsourcing IT?”

Cloud technology is less than a century old. It is an emerging technology that will continue to develop over time. We are excited to see what the future of cloud technology will hold as we continue to provide you and the rest of our customers with excellent IT management services and IT support.

In the meantime, if you or your IT department are looking for assistance with your IT services, consider giving us a call like Gary and outsourcing to one of our experienced IT consultants. We can even be your IT department if you don't have one. External or on-site, find out what AAG-IT can do for your IT services today on 0114 352 0688.