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Subject:Cloud Origin--A Guess From:Beverly Parks <bparks -at- HUACHUCA-EMH1 -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL> Date:Tue, 10 Jan 1995 09:12:27 MST
As the subject indicates, this is just my guess on the origin of
the term "cloud" of computers. I believe it comes from network
diagramming, which commonly shows a group of computers contained
within a cloud-shaped enclosure. This usually signifies that
they are networked. Lines connecting different "cloud clusters"
likewise indicate a networking of networks.
(I tried to draw an ascii cloud here, but failed miserably.
I hope you can all visualize what I'm talking about!)
bparks -at- huachuca-emh1 -dot- army -dot- mil