The principles of cloud computing have been around since the 1960s, but most businesses then didn’t have the means to implement them. In fact, enterprise computing was just coming into its own then. Most small businesses still had no access to computing resources. If they did, it was on a very small scale.
The advent of personal computers in the 1970s and 1980s took computing to a new level for small business owners. It really took off in the 1980s when the Mac and Commodore 64 entered the picture.
Still, cloud computing for small businesses was still not a feasible option. It was all about economy.
The Windows operating system in the 1990s made small business computing even better. Since then, cloud computing has grown into a more feasible option for everyone. The World Wide Web, also created in 1990, started its growth phase and by 1995 there was a sizable growing core group of small business entrepreneurs marketing themselves through cables around the world.
This new phenomenon in publishing gave rise to greater flexibility and the concepts of scalability and economy in cloud computing. But it’s only been in the last couple of years that cloud computing has really caught on and attracted its most vocal proponents.
Small businesses that want to have access to the same computing resources that enterprise businesses have enjoyed since the 1960s have as their best option the resources available to them through cloud computing. The time for small businesses is now. The time for the cloud is now.