Saturday, June 4, 2011

Old Idea: Cloud Computing

Apple is set to unveil its new cloud service sometime on Monday when Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivers the keynote address at the World Wide Developers Conference 2011.

While many have heralded the cloud service as the next great technological innovation, in reality the cloud is little more than an advanced version of a company intranet, or an inter-office server - granted one that can potentially service the entire planet.

Make no mistake, though, this is not a new idea. It's a new manifestation of an idea, but even the folks at MacStories have video of Steve Jobs talking about the same technology nearly fourteen years ago at the WWDC in 1997.

What is fascinating about the video is the passion Jobs brings while he articulates a vision for cloud computing that is finally coming to fruition after after all these years.

I don't know how successful the iCloud service will be. But you have to admire Jobs's vision and persistence. Video follows after the jump.

The pertinent segment of the clip begins at the 13:12 mark.

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