Date Added: Jun 2009
Cloud computing is not an overnight sensation. The weather conditions have forecasted its arrival over the last two decades. Early pioneers, such as e-Bay and Amazon took the "e-Commerce" model and applied a massively scalable architecture in their data centers. Creating this type of scalable architecture was only possible because of the rapid commoditization of computing resources over the last decade. Computing began as a few coveted mainframes, which were superseded by minicomputers and then microcomputers and now devices that hardly look or feel like computers at all, such as PDAs and smart cell phones. In addition, the cost for storage has plummeted along with the ramping up of network capacities and speeds.