Happy Birthday To The Internet!!

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happy_birthdayThe world changed forever on October 29th 1969 when the first host-to-host message was sent between the University of California and the Stanford Research Institute. The internet was created on that day. As a company that has built its business on the web, we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the internet’s 40th birthday by looking back at some of the key milestones and forward at what promises to be an exciting future.

We’re passionate about hosting and love supporting all the different types of businesses that run on the web. As sites have become more complex and bandwidth hungry over the last few years, so too have hosting requirements. We evolve our systems and processes to deliver on these needs and also equip Rackers with the tools to provide Fanatical Support at all times, even in such a fast paced industry.

Here are some of our favourite moments from the internet’s history:

1966 – ARPA project begins. Larry Roberts is chief scientist.

1976 – Queen Elizabeth II sent out her first e-mail.

1980 – Tim Berners-Lee writes “Enquire Within,” predecessor to the World Wide Web.

1983 – Domain Name System is designed by Jon Postel, Paul Mockapetris, and Craig

Partridge. .edu, .gov, .com, .mil, .org, .net, and .int created.

1989 – There are 100,000 hosts on Internet.

1990 – ARPAnet ends. Tim Berners-Lee creates the World Wide Web.

1998 – Rackspace was created!

2000 – There are 20,000,000 websites on the Internet

2005 – YouTube.com launches

2006 – 92 million Web sites online

2007 – 1.114 billion people use the Internet according to Internet World Stats.

Today, entire businesses are run solely on the web. E-commerce companies, like Not On The High Street, are tapping into the growth in shoppers searching for bargains from the comfort of their own armchair to drive their business. The influence of online advertising and digital marketing is clear with newspaper sales dwindling and more and more companies targeting audiences through sites like twitter and Facebook.

We expect to see continued growth of businesses and content moving online as web-savvy organisations capitalise on this revenue opportunity. Only last week we saw U2 announce it will stream a gig live on YouTube, in a bid to make the show available to everyone on the globe, for a price of course!

The world is getting smaller. The Internet is taking over. In the coming years virtual highstreets and interactive sites like Compare the Meerkat will be the norm.

All this reliance on the web means more pressure on technology. As the internet grows in influence, so too will the importance of computing-as-a-service, where e-businesses are supported by partners who can take the hassle out of managing the technology needed to keep websites always available.

So happy birthday internet and don’t forget, life begins at 40!

  1. 1 Comments

  1. Big week for the internet this week. It is also marks the move to introducing web addresses in Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew and other languages http://bit.ly/3913P1 What impact will this have on the future of the web and how it is used, as well as the technology to support it I wonder?

    Kate on 27/10/2009 at 10:47 am

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