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Did Western Union Invent Cloud Computing?

According to one source, Western Union did: on March 30, 1965

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Interesting post by Nick Carr in which he points to the supposed first published evidence of the concept of Cloud Computing.

The proof comes in the document, dated March 30, 1965 which outlines a Western Union executive's ambitious plan to create "a nationwide information utility, which will enable subscribers to obtain, economically, efficiently, immediately, the required information flow to facilitate the conduct of business and other affairs."

In a nutshell Western Union invented cloud computing.

Specifically, "Just as a number of local or regional companies provide both electricity and gas, independent telephone companies would be encouraged to provide both telephone and information utility services in their respective territories"

The original copy of this intriguing document resides in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Lemuelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation, in the Western Union Telegraph Company Records archival collection covering the years 1820-1995.

Here is the complete text
1965: Western Union's Future Role-as the Nation's First Cloud Utility

 

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