FLASHBACK: The First Data Centre in the 1950s


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Do you know that the concept of data centres has been around since the late 1950s when American Airlines and IBM partnered to create a passenger reservations system? The idea of a data processing system came about to create and manage airline seat reservations. Instantly, this idea was developed and the technology became commonplace.

Let’s discover some of the significant history milestones that led to the development of the data centres we have today.Ancient Data Center - Exabytes Singapore

Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC)
ENIAC was the first electronic general-purpose computer, primarily used for military purposes. Some of the most significant roles of ENIAC included its involvement in creating the the hydrogen bomb in the past. ENIAC could be programmed by plug board and switches to solve complicated mathematical operations, and eventually became the pioneer for supercomputers.

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CDC 6600
The CDC 6600 is the first supercomputer, outperforming its fastest predecessor, IBM. During its time back in the 1960s, this machine was used for scientific analyses. If you want to visit this giant system console, the display unit can be found in the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. This supercomputer is famous for the monitor-shown video games such as Lunar Lander.ARCNET
Attached Resource Computer NETwork (ARCNET)
Without this technology, we will not be able to develop a networking system that can connect to any parts of the world. ARCNET was the first widely available networking system for microcomputers and it became popular in the 1980s for office automation tasks. Believe it or not, this technology is still operating today, but with more efficient schemes.

Coming back to the present, while there are over 20 data centers in Singapore, our data centre is located at Pacnet Singapore Data Centre. Over the many years of improvement and revolution, our data center has achieved a high level of performance and efficiency.

READ MORE to know more about Singapore Data Center in our previous blog post.