31 Dec '13, 10pm

My Opinion on Cloud Computing: It Takes You Back to the Future - Design News

The very early days of computers consisted of big mainframes in some back room somewhere with terminals connected to that mainframe. That era was ushered out by the PC/workstation revolution. When PCs became really popular, everyone wanted one on their desktops. That allowed them to run applications locally, rather than on the server/mainframe. Employees were equipped with just the applications that were required for their jobs, and files could be maintained locally on the host computer (away from peering eyes). Workstations were popular at the time too, as they were used for jobs that were too compute-intensive for a PC. The Sun/Sparc workstations dominated the engineering space. (Do you remember the Solaris operating system?) Sun was the darling of the workstation space, selling pizza-box-sized platforms that generally ranged from $10,000 to $100,000. Little by little, t...

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