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Cloud Computing Is Nothing New

Cloud computing has optimized the way people search for, share, and store information. Recent times have seen the development of newer and more streamlined applications that optimize cloud computing. Cloud computing offers many benefits such as virtualization technology, consultants, and infrastructure solutions. Virtualizing your company's IT is not so hard anymore, with services like Dell Server virtualization available. 

  History of Cloud Computing

The concept of cloud computing dates all the way back to the 1960s. With the birth of modern computers and simple networking it became obvious that, one day, computers would be used as a public utility. It was around this time that mainframe computers as we know them today began being used for things like data entry and processing financial transactions. As computers grew in popularity and more and more businesses began to utilize them, cloud computing really began to get attention from both business owners and information technology specialists in the late 1990s. Highly customizable interfaces for sales and the organization of information came to the forefront. Amazon was the first developer of subscription-based cloud computing services in 2006, and shortly thereafter major companies such as Google and IBM began researching the benefits and infrastructure of cloud computing. In early 2008, an open-source company called Eucalyptus began offering private clouds to consumers and business owners, setting into motion cloud computing as we know it today. 

  Cloud Computing and Webmail 

Millions of people in the United States use web-based e-mail clients such as Windows Live, Google's G-mail, and Yahoo. However, E-mail messages are not stored on the end user's computer for retrieval at any time. They are stored in a remote location on a group of computers called a server. This is cloud computing in its simplest form. For decades now, remote servers in several locations around the country have stored e-mail messages in their databases. End users simply enter their e-mail addresses and passwords into the provided interface, a website, in order to retrieve their messages. As simple as this may sound, years of research have optimized the way webmail clients work, and now there are literally thousands of highly customizable options for webmail interfaces available from hundreds of different companies.

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