Infographic: A Historical Look at Cloud Computing


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This infographic was submitted to us by the folks at Dell. This is what they had to say about it on their website:

“Cloud Computing has been a concept that dates back as early as the 1960s. It has had many precursors such as utility computing, the ASP model, autonomic computing, and the list goes on. [This infographic] is an interesting take by some colleagues on the cloud computing history that includes some fun facts along the way.”

Dell knew what they were doing- it has all the components of a kick-butt infographic: the design is fluid and data driven, it has a clean color pallet, it is not too text heavy, and it tells a story.

Let’s talk about some of my favorite parts of this infographic. First, I like the use of a time line not only to lay out facts, but also to lead viewers through the entire story. The time line even has arrows, so we don’t have to think twice about where they want us to go. Next, the information is presented visually! This is an obvious requirement of an infographic, but often times people get caught up with cool statistics and fail to visualize the data. All of the statistics have some kind of visualization, which I appreciate, although I would suggest a little variation with the types of graphs and charts used.

My favorite graph/chart is the very first one, which uses cash to represent the bars in a tradition histogram. I wish there was a little more creativity with a few of the other charts. It would be nice to see a few more eye-catching graphics, but it isn’t completely necessary.

The color palette is clean and easy on the eyes. Everything that should stand out, does. The designer chose a nice font and did a good job of highlighting interesting facts by making them bold, large, or different colors. I am also happy to see an appropriate amount of text in the infographic. The story could still be deciphered if text was eliminated, which is a quality of a good infographic.

This submission is overall pleasing and I would give it an A. Bravo, Dell!

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