During the 1960s, computers were large mainframes stored in rooms– what we call a “data center” today. They were costly and businesses could rent out space on the mainframe to fulfill specific functions. During the 1980s, the computer industry experienced the boom of the microcomputer era and computers were being widely used in the office. When the dot-com bubble occurred in the 1990s, so did the boom of data centers. Businesses needed a quick way to establish presence on the Internet and companies like Rackspace were fulfilling that need by opening up data centers. Check out this infographic to see how data centers have evolved over time.
Lew Moorman moderated a panel at GigaOM’s Structure 2011, “The Economics of Open Everything,” where leaders from VMware, Facebook and Dell talk about the open cloud movement. Significant events have occurred over the course of one year with the launch of OpenStack, OpenCompute and Cloud Foundry and they discuss what this means for the cloud computing industry. They agree that open source accelerates innovation and serves the need for flexibility and agility. They also agree that “it’s just the beginning.” Take a look and leave your comments below.