History and Features of Cloud Computing

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Many of the techniques of cloud computing, or cloud networking as it often was called, were developed in the 1950s at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bell Laboratories, University of Maryland, and a few other research facilities, with application to satellite imagery, wire-photo standards conversion, medical imaging, videophone, character recognition, and photograph enhancement.[1] The cost of processing was fairly high, however, with the computing equipment of that era. That changed in the 1970s, when digital image processing proliferated as cheaper computers and dedicated hardware became available. Images then could be processed in real time, for some dedicated problems such as television standards conversion. As general-purpose computers became faster, they started to take over the role of dedicated hardware for all but the most specialized and computer-intensive operations. With the fast computers and signal processors available in the 2000s, cloud computing become the most common form of data storage and generally, is used because it is not only the most versatile method, but also the cheapest. Some of the features of cloud commuting that gave it an edge over prevalent technologies in computing are - :  Agility improves with users' ability to re-provision technological infrastructure resources.  Application programming interface (API) accessibility to software that enables machines to interact with cloud software in the same way
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