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A Brief History of IT Infrastructure

Over the years IT infrastructure that powers applications in today’s software driven world is much more dynamic, complex and hybrid than it used to be. This infographic takes a trip down the memory lane to showcase how it evolved and highlights some of key milestones that fueled it’s transformation.

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A Brief History of IT Infrastructure

  1. 1. The History of IT Infrastructure IT Infrastructure has evolved. Have your monitoring tools? Evolve now with CA UIM. Sign up for trial now © Copyright CA 2016. All rights reserved. This document is for your informational purposes only and does not form any type of warranty. UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group. IBM, DB2 and MVS are registered trademarks and trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both. Microsoft, Exchange, Windows, SQL Server and MS-DOS are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Linux is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies. CS200-169724 1952 IBM® announces its first fully electronic data processing system, the IBM 701  1956 First commercial usage of hard disk storage drives begins1959 IBM® introduces two of its most important computers: the 1401 Data Processing System and the 1620 Data Processing System 1950s 1965 Thomas Marill and Lawrence G. Roberts create the first wide area network (WAN) Bell Labs, MIT and General Electric develop a time-sharing system that leads to UNIX® 1970s 1970 E.F. Codd from IBM® introduces the concept of relational databases and the first normal form 1971 Floppy disk comes into being 1979 Oracle V2 as an early relational database system—is the first commercially sold RDBMS 1980s 1980 CD Rom is introduced MS-DOS® is announced by Microsoft® 1981 Personal computer —Microsoft® 1983 IBM® releases DB2® on its MVSTM mainframe platform1984 Cisco sells routers supporting multiple network protocols IBM® announces system/360 first family of computers designed to cover the complete range of applications, from small to large, both commercial and scientific 1985 Microsoft Windows® 1.101 is released as a graphical interface for MS-DOS 1988 AS/400 is introduced (now called i5/OS™) 1989 SQL Server® 1.0 (16 bit) comes into being Alon Cohen, who helped to found VocalTec Inc., invents a particular type of audio transceiver that eventually makes VoIP possible 1990 Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Cailliau and other CERN scientists begin to create the first actual incarnation of the World Wide Web 1991 Birth of Linux®— commencement of a personal project by Finnish student, Linus Torvald 1993 Windows-NT® is released Sybase and Microsoft® part ways Red Hat is formed to bring open-source software products to the enterprise community 1995 Windows® 95 is released goes online and later becomes one of the biggest internet retailers in the world MySQL appears as an open-source database1996 The first release of Microsoft ExchangeTM (4.0) outside of Microsoft® 1999 VMware workstation 1.0 is released—the virtualization journey begins to take off Salesforce is launched and pioneers the concept of delivering enterprise applications through the cloud 1990s 2000 USB Drive comes into the picture At the height of the dot-com bubble, Cisco becomes the most valuable company in the world 2004 Facebook is formed as the social media revolution begins 2005 was activated Citrix buys XenServer for $500 million Hadoop is created by Doug Cutting and Mike Cafarella 2006 AWS EC2 is introduced as a commercial Web service that allows you to rent machine in a “public cloud” Google launches Google Apps for Business Domain 2007 Google Docs was made available to Google Apps users 2000s 2008 Citrix releases XenDesktop 2.0 in 2008 Hyper-V® launches alongside Windows Server® 2008 as the virtualization wars begin Cassandra is released as an open-source project on Google code in July 2008 The iPhone App Store opens and the mobile application phenomena begins to explode The Android market is announced by Google on August 28, 2008 At the Agile 2008 conference, Andrew Clay Shafer and Patrick Debois discuss “Agile Infrastructure” 2009 Cisco, VMware and EMC develop convergred infrastructure platforms called Vblock packages Cisco launches Cisco UCS as a unified computing platform MongoDB releases as the need for opensql databases grows The term “DevOps” is popularized through a series of “DevOps Days” starting in Belgium. Since then, there have been DevOps Days conferences held in many countries worldwide 2010 Microsoft AzureTM is launched OpenStack is launched as an open-source cloud software initiative 2011 The Open Networking Foundation is founded to promote SDN and OpenFlow 2013 VMware launches vCloud 2014 Microsoft® and IBM® announce critical partnerships with Docker Amazon Web Services (AWS) achieves $4.6 billion in revenue 2015 Amazon Cloud sales up nearly 82 percent in second quarter Estimated 18.2 billion connected devices 1960s