[infographic] From Mainframes to Managed Cloud: How IT Workloads Have Evolved

We recently teamed up with Intel to develop an infographic charting the evolution of IT workloads. If you’ve been dying to know when the first email was sent, when BASIC was introduced, and which company first developed flash memory—you’ve come to the right place.

More than half a century of IT innovation has resulted in lightning fast processor speeds, web scale computing, and an almost ubiquitous public cloud. Not to mention, technology has never been cheaper. Our 1966 IT ancestors were paying $1000 per MB of storage. Today, a terabyte of storage isn’t that much more than a few trips to your local coffee shop.

But just as technology has evolved (consider that the Intel microchip went from the size of a fingernail to the width of a hair strand in twenty years), technology expertise has evolved along with it. As the technology landscape has become more complex, we’re seeing a shift from self-managed hardware to managed cloud services that let businesses get back to innovating and growing. Innovation, it turns out, has played a bigger role in the tech evolution described below than merely “keeping the lights on.”

Take a tour of hardware, software, and processing milestones that have impacted the way IT workloads are run and managed.

Lizetta Staplefoote is a Rackspace Marketing Copywriter with a decade of experience writing about small business challenges for healthcare, real estate, and technology. Her passion is researching and writing about the impact of cloud computing. When she's not wordsmithing, she enjoys hanging out with her sons, exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, and feeding her music addiction.

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