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Photo: Mark Richards/Computer History Museum “There is no cloud,” goes the quip. “It’s just someone else’s computer.” The joke gets at a key feature of cloud computing: Your data and the software to process it reside in a remote data center—perhaps owned by Amazon, Google, or Microsoft—which you share with many users even if it feels like it’s yours alone. Remarkably, this was also true of a popular mode of computing in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s: time-sharing . Much of today’s cloud computing was directly prefigured in yesterday’s time-sharing. Users connected their terminals—often teletypes—to remote computers owned by a time-sharing company over telephone lines. These remote computers offered a variety of applications and services, as well as data storage. The key to such systems was the operating system, built to rapidly switch among the tasks for the many users, giving...

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