It is 25 years already! Happy birthday to the World Wide Web! Back in March of 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee proposed a system that made it possible to share computer information digitally using nodes and links, forming a “web” that eventually scaled worldwide, becoming what we now know as the internet. We love anniversaries, we mark seminal moments in history with this type of recognition, but often miss the big picture. Anniversaries are all around, the dawn of Google, the first Tweet ever, the dawn of domain names, the dawn of ARPANET, and so on. However, with the passage of time as more important milestones come one after another, some of these will fade, that is the natural order of things. The internet is just beginning and there are many more events yet to be seen. Reflecting back is a good thing, it renews interest in milestones and delivers a sense of achievement in how far we’ve come. So while we celebrate this moment in time, we must continue to focus on the future, on what’s next – in the tradition of the pioneers that broke the mold and disrupted the status quo forever.
Connecting the World
The history of communication traces back to the first time in 1858 when transatlantic communications was made possible by the installation of Atlantic cable. Over a hundred years later in 1969, the DOD ARPANET project connects mainframe computers all over the world. Twenty years after that, Berners-Lee’s proposal is made, and the web follows. The first web page arrives one year later. Once the internet opens up to the public in 1992, an explosion of developments and events come about and we see things like AOL, Mosaic, Yahoo, email, webchat, Google and the dot-com bubble in this history. Firmly in the millennium, social hits the scene, and the first t really emerge is MySpace in 2003, followed by the foundation of Facebook, and in 2006, Twitter. In 2007, computer met phone and mobility went mainstream with the introduction of Apple’s iPhone. From there we’ve seen tablets, wearable technology and the cloud emerge.
One Billion Web Sites
From the very first day that the first web page was published, the trend has been on the way up. By the end of 2014, it is projected that the web will go beyond 1 billion websites. This ever-mounting escalation and evolution of device, connectivity and information is not only the next frontier, it’s the current frontier as well. A massive storm of platform and data demands has arrived. The platforms that delivered the simple static pages of the past cannot sustain this evolution. We need scale, we need flexibility, we need a global, living system that can handle the high data, high transaction and high computing demands of today. At the same time, it has to be a strategic approach. That’s what the next 25 years will be defined by. How can we deliver a secure, robust, enterprise-ready platform that will enable the internet to continue its historic growth? How can we do that in a way that strategically contains costs and delivers strategic allocation of resources?
The Hybrid Future
In a world that is ultra-connected, with audiences both near and far, it is important to have a robust and universal platform that the enterprise can embrace, that suits their requirements today and in the future. At Codero, our approach is the hybrid cloud, and it’s something we do like nobody else. Completely ready for everything from a small business to a full-scale enterprise, everything you need to extend your infrastructure on dedicated hardware or in the cloud is instantly available at your fingertips. Today, it’s answering the tough challenges of the demands big data, of voice applications of high transaction web applications that have massive data structures behind them and it’s doing these things in the most economical way. The age of internet-enabled devices, the “internet of things” is about to break and with it will be an entirely new set of massive demands, of data, of collection, of computation, correlation and everything that comes with it. We’ve been preparing for this moment and been building as a community since the first day since Berners-Lee basically started this thing we call the internet. History is important, but there is much more history to be made. We at Codero all plan to be part of that history to be made.