Almost from the outset of the commercial Internet, in early 1994, technologists and business people used a stylized cloud as a metaphor for the Internet. Diagrams routinely depicted sets of computers connecting through this "cloud" over long distances. as the Internet evolved, so did the concept of this "cloud," eventually settling into a broad set of applications that include Software- as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and more.
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