The history of the DataCenter - Mainframes to Virtualization

A beginners guide to the technologies and types of hardware and servers used in DataCenters and Computer Rooms
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (97 ratings)
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50min of on-demand video

The history of the DataCenter
Mini Computers
Computer Hardware
Novell Netware
Windows Server
Personal Computers


  • Suitable for beginners or IT professional alike


A four part journey going back through filing cabinets and mainframes, through different types of computer hardware, different types of computers and operating systems, the Dot Com era, server-sprawl right through to modern virtualization.

A good place to start and get some background information if you are also looking at modern virtualization and cloud technologies, and would like to see where this all started

Who this course is for:

  • People new to IT
  • Anyone learning IT fundamentals
  • Developers and Engineers with have never worked in a DataCenter


Customer Engineer @ Google Cloud (Ex VMware)
Jason Meers
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 747 Reviews
  • 14,365 Students
  • 10 Courses

I Just joined Google as a Customer Engineer (August 2021)

I was previously a Lead Architect and CTO Ambassador at VMware, covering all VMware technologies, Tanzu, Docker and Kubernetes, VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC-on-AWS), Google Cloud VMware Engine and Google Cloud Platform.

I've been a VMware Consultant, Advisor, Trainer or Employee for almost 20 Years, and currently work in the Enterprise Accounts team at VMware UK.

I also have an interest in A.I. & Machine Learning, ARM & RISC-V, DevOps/Agile/Infrastructure-as-code and LEAN manufacturing.

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