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‘Cloud Computing’ coined

October 31, 2011

It’s a very-very trivial thing to ask; who first coined the ‘cloud computing’ term?

Antonio Regalado from Technology Review found it, it was in 1996:

Inside the offices of Compaq Computer, a small group of technology executives was plotting the future of the Internet business and calling it “cloud computing.”

Their vision was detailed and prescient. Not only would all business software move to the Web, but cloud computing-enabled applications like consumer file storage would become common. For two men in the room, a Compaq marketing executive named George Favaloro and a young technologist named Sean O’Sullivan, cloud computing would have dramatically different outcomes.

A dramatically different outcome it was, and it is still evolving even up until now.

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