Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing

The Genesis of Cloud Computing: The 21st Century and Beyond (Part 3)

Hello once again and welcome back to the third and final part of this series. This is Part 3 and we are on the last lap of our journey of retracing the elusive and complex origin of the term and the idea of cloud computing. If you have not read the very interesting beginnings of cloud computing, you can read Part 1 right here and Part 2 right here.


Hello once again and welcome back to the third and final part of this series. This is Part 3 and we are on the last lap of our journey of retracing the elusive and complex origin of the term and the idea of cloud computing. If you have not read the very interesting beginnings of cloud computing, you can read Part 1 right here and Part 2 right here.

New challenges

So now, we are in the age of the Internet and of mobile devices. Gone are the days of bulky desktops and CPUs. The computing power of new miniature devices is amazing. The same can be said of the software and the applications that were developed with them. However, with the hardware and space limitations, storage became an issue that even USB drives and memory cards did address completely. People just did not want a mountain of storage devices.

Also, the challenge of many enterprises of scaling their business, focusing on core competencies meant that taking care of their own servers and database became too complicated as the business grew exponentially and collected more data and information from its users, clients, customers and even their own employees.

For many companies, it was getting too expensive to keep several highly qualified IT professionals on the payroll just to keep the business running. It was also getting more and more expensive to have a business shut down even for just a few hours when something went wrong. There was a need for a better way.

The better way

In the 21st Century, giant technology companies have indeed found a better way. In mid-2000s, as Google took over the search industry, Amazon dominated retail, and SalesForce.com inspired countless other web services, large tech companies including Microsoft and IBM began jumping onboard and started using “cloud computing.”

This reference to the cloud was their way to describe to their users the rather indescribably complex and new paradigm in which people are increasingly accessing software, files and computer power over the web through their web browsers. It harkens back to the early times when network designers and telecommunications specialists used the cloud to simplify explanations.

Becoming mainstream

In a search engine conference in August 2006, Eric Schmidt of Google described Google’s services as belonging “in a cloud somewhere.” While Schmidt did not originally use the term “cloud” or coined the term “cloud computing,” with Google being Google, this event sparked greater interest and brought even more attention to the term and concept that we now use today. Even Amazon, just a few weeks later after Schmidt used those terms, included the word “cloud” in EC2, their own web services platform. And since then, the cloud has become mainstream.

Whether it is a symbol, a simplified diagram, a metaphor, or whatever it is, the cloud is surely one of the hottest buzzword in technology today with over tens of millions of appearances all over the Internet.

And beyond

The cloud may appear to just be a rebranding of the Internet, or a return to its rightful origin. While many say it does not help explaining what it is, but for most non-IT, non-technical users, the important thing is that the cloud gets the job done, keeps the business running, and keeps our personal lives more sane.

Perhaps one day, the cloud may change, may be replaced or at least may be fully explained. But for the time being, it is here to stay. So let’s be ready to embrace it. And here is how we at Offcloud are embracing it…

Offcloud, your cloud-based download manager

Here at Offcloud, we provide an invaluable cloud-based service to all our users, going above and beyond the simple storage that most places have to offer! We also give our users the opportunity to download instantly from BitTorrent directly into your cloud storage account, fetch cloud data to convert and store for use later on, and even make use of the media you’ve saved while you’re on the go.

You can do all this with a free account, too, giving you the opportunity to really try out the service before deciding to make a financial commitment to a bigger package with extra features! You’ll receive 10GB of storage space and 100 direct download links, so why not give us a go?


Offcloud.com is a cloud-based download manager that lets you fetch, unlock or speed up any content found on the web directly to your device or to some cloud storage space.