Cloud Computing – How the NBN is helping
The NBN will enable millions of consumers in Australia to utilise cloud computing, in both home and business to acquire previously inaccessible services. This technologically advanced, multi-million dollar system was rolled out in Tasmania on July 2010 and will hopefully be completed in June 2021.
The National Broadband Network (NBN) is an open access data network, using fibre optic or FTTP (fibre to the Premises) apparatus. Fibre optic cables are replacing old copper wiring used for the internet, and the HPC cables used for Pay TV – these dinosaurs will thankfully soon become obsolete. This – I might add – is not before time as the majority of Australia’s copper network (which is what most of us are accustomed to) has been adversely affected by water over the years, due to the fact the gel used at the time for insulation was found to be defective.
Our Retail Service Providers (RSPs) must ensure they purchase enough capacity and the right combination of features from the NBN Co to accommodate their customer’s internet use. RSPs are then able to on-sell internet access and other services to their customers.
Think, if you will, of the cloud as being massive imaginary filing cabinets that allow us to accumulate all our IT information. These ‘filing cabinets’ are called data centres, and are situated at various places around the world. Data centres are used to store and access data from your computer, iPhone, laptops, pay TVs etc. via the internet. Consequently, we are able to upload or download our data instantly from anywhere at any time on any IT gadget with the touch of a button.
At the moment, the majority of our storage capacity focuses on hard copy, by either taking up space on your computer or manually putting our information onto DVDs, CDs or USB sticks. Cloud computing allows you to access and store yours and others’ information quickly and efficiently through an internet browser. No more clutter!
A large proportion of internet users are already using the cloud and probably don’t even realise it. If you use Facebook or Twitter for uploading photos, retrieving media content or music from iTunes through iCloud, or saving your documents with Microsoft OneDrive, then – that’s right – you are already on the bandwagon.
The NBN – in conjunction with cloud computing – delivers extremely complex applications to remote users, without compromising the quality or speed of the service. Take this to another level and our rural communities will no longer be at a disadvantage, as they can access what the big cities are already accustomed to. The flipside of this is some city folks are able to decentralise and enjoy the country lifestyle, while running their business from home through this highly advanced system.
Companies that offer the cloud are experiencing a 50% growth rate per annum – that has to tell us something! Cloud computing requires superfast internet speeds to work to its full capacity. This is where the NBN comes into its own.
The combination of Cloud computing and the NBN are the perfect marriage. Together they will provide advanced and extremely powerful applications in turbo speed, with little or no infrastructure costs to the consumer.