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Many readers agreed with my recent
blog that the Cloud
is a new label for old technology - "think connecting to a mainframe over
telephone lines," and I encourage you to read my November
eCommerce Times column about some important Cloud computing legal issues.
More Cloud History
Wikipedia's historical description
of Cloud computing includes:
term "cloud" is used as a metaphor for the Internet, based on the
cloud drawing used in the past to represent the telephone network, and later to
depict the Internet in computer network diagrams as an abstraction of the
underlying infrastructure it represents.
underlying concept of cloud computing dates back to the 1960s, when John
McCarthy (computer scientist who coined the term artificial intelligence)
opined that "computation may someday be organised as a public
So it should come as no surprise
that in 1972 before I studied law and was working as mainframe programmer that
I took a graduate course - "The Computer as a Public Utility." The University of Texas at Austin course was
cross listed between the Graduate School of Business, Computer Science
Department, and School of Law.
For marketing purposes I'm sure at
some point there will be a new buzz word to replace the Cloud, even if there's
nothing new technically!
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