Data Center Series - The Evolution of Computing

June 23, 2016
We're bringing you something extra special for the summer months. Starting on June 23rd, we'll be hosting a three month Data Center Instant Insight webinar series that will focus on mainframes, client servers and cloud (the Third Platform). Part 1: The Evolution of Computing - Aired Live on June 23, 2016 Kicking off the series, we focus on the evolution of computing to the Third Platform. We will discuss the importance of virtualization as a driver and the changes it has imposed on the computing platform. About the Data Center Summer Series: Back in the 1950’s the First Platform of computing was established with the introduction of mainframe computers. Mainframes were very large, very expensive and largely limited to use by large organizations who had the funding to afford them so the general public had very little access. The boom of the PC in the 1980’s helped set the stage for a transition to the Second Platform of computing. The Second Platform is a Client/Server model where PCs tap into mainframe databases and applications. This was a fundamental change in many people’s lives as they now had the power of computing on their own desktop or at home, breaking the closely held model of the First Platform. The Second Platform proliferated all over the globe until changes in technology brought about another paradigm shift. The Third Platform of computing arrived in the early 2010’s. It was driven by four distinct technology advances: social technology (including VoIP), Mobile Devices, Analytics/Big Data and Cloud Services. The Third Platform has effectively spanned cultural and generational gaps by revolutionizing the way we communicate and interact with information. Some argue that IoT is a proper inclusion in the Third Platform but that view is far from universal. In any event IoT is a reality today and it only exists as a result of the Third Platform. While all of the components of the Third Platform are important, the usefulness of mobile devices and big data would be greatly compromised without the cloud to provide access whenever and wherever the user desires. In addition to providing connectivity the cloud offers vast storage and computing resources that serve as a repository for the vast amounts of information generated by the mobile devices (including IoT) and users interacting with applications hosted in the cloud. This is the domain of the Data Center. Data centers can be private or public but have basically the same function: to provide a secure and resilient environment to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. The data center generally has redundant power, data communications connections, environmental controls and security devices. In a series of three webinars we will feature some of the key components of the Third Platform that are routinely deployed in the data center.
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