The Tym Before ...: The Untold Origins of Cloud Computing

Independently Published, 15.03.2018 - 476 Seiten
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"The Cloud! It sounds so fluffy and soft. Amorphous, remote, floating above the world. Run it in the Cloud, we cay. A modern metaphor, but once we had another name, a more descriptive name for using someone else's computer. We called it time-sharing. Today we mix the idea of using distant computers and the idea of communicating via a network and call the combination The Cloud, imagining we have invented something new. But it isn't so new after all. Beginning in the 1960s, a company created a successful business making remote computer services available inexpensively to anyone via a network built for that purpose. Companies offered online resources from banking to research, email to instant messaging, and the ability to run applications on powerful, remote computers and access them from anywhere. In doing so, they created the first cloud. They called it Tymnet, and the company was Tymshare. I worked for Tymnet for more that 12 years, from the beginning of 1980 until 1992. The people I worked with were some of the finest anywhere, and the memories of my years with Tymnet are among my fondest. It gives me great pleasure to present the story of the first cloud, as told by those who created it."--Back cover

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