Steve Jobs discusses remote computing at WWDC in 1997

Here’s a clip of Steve Jobs taking questions from a WWDC crowd in 1997. Jump to the 13′ mark and hear him discuss his vision for what we call cloud computing today:

“Let me describe the world I live in. About eight years ago 1 we had high-speed networking connected to our NeXT hardware. Because we were using NFS, we were able to take all of our personal data — our “home directory” we called them — off of our local machines and put them on a server. The software made that completely transparent…a professional could be hired to back up that server every night.

In the last seven years, do you know how many times I lost any personal data? Zero. Do you how many times I’ve backed up my computer? Zero.

I have computers at Apple, at Pixar, at NeXT and at home. I walk over to any of them and log in as myself. It goes over the network, finds my home directory on the server and I’ve got my stuff, where ever I am. And none of that is on a local disc. The server…is my local disc.”

Expect to see a full realization of this vision on Monday.

[Via The Tech Bench]

  1. This would have been about 1990