As mining companies contend with a competitive market and pressure on margins, many companies’ IT systems have gradually transitioned to cost-saving cloud-based solutions. The launch, in 2006, of AWS’s web-based computing infrastructure services brought cloud computing into the mainstream, and what we know today as the cloud.


Listed below are the major milestones in the journey of the cloud computing theme, as identified by GlobalData.

1946 – ENIAC, the first electronic general purpose computer, was switched on to calculate artillery firing tables.

1954 – The first fully transistorised computer was completed in the US.

1964 – IBM launched the System/360 family of mainframe computer systems.

1971 – Intel released the 4004, the first commercially available microprocessor.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

1973 – Xerox introduced the Alto, the first computer designed to support an operating system based on a graphical user interface.

1977 – The world’s first commercially available local area network went into service at Chase Manhattan Bank, New York.

1984 – Sun Microsystems developed the network file system protocol, enabling users to access files over a network.

1989 – UK computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web.

1999 – VMware released VMware Workstation, allowing users to set up virtual machines.

1999 – Cloud-based software company Salesforce was founded.

2002 – Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched as a free service.

2006 – AWS started offering web-based computing infrastructure services, now known as cloud computing.

2007 – Apple launched the first iPhone, creating the mobile internet as we know it today.

2007 – IBM partnered with Google to promote cloud computing in universities.

2008 – Google announced App Engine, a developer tool that allowed users to run web applications on Google infrastructure.

2010 – Microsoft released Azure, its cloud computing service.

2011 – IBM introduced the SmartCloud framework.

2011 – Facebook launched the Open Compute Project (OCP) to share specifications for energy efficient data centres.

2013 – Docker introduced open source container software.

2015 – Google and Microsoft lead massive build outs of data centres.

2017 – Huawei and Tencent joined Alibaba in major data centre build-outs in China.

2018 – Leading data centre operators started the migration to 400G data speeds.

2018 – Silicon photonics technology started to positively impact data centre networking architectures.

2020 – Edge computing will revise the role of the cloud in key sectors of the economy.

2021 – Data centre speeds are expected to exceed 1,000G.

2024 – GlobalData forecasts that spending on cloud services (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS) will be more than $429bn.

This is an edited extract from the Cloud Computing in Mining – Thematic Research report produced by GlobalData Thematic Research.