Connectivity in the world of the Cloud

Blog Author: Aaron Smith | May 26th, 2015

With the continuing move to the cloud, there is typically an important consideration that is too often overlooked; the speed of access to the Internet.

Most traditional IT infrastructure that resides within a business is normally connected at a speed of around 1,000Mbps  (i.e. gigabit speeds). Connections are also made at this speed in both directions, send and receive. However, when accessing the Internet, most businesses operate at a speed of around 10Mbps down from the internet and only 0.8Mbps up to the Internet. The main reason for this is because most broadband connections are asymmetric. ADSL is a good example of this and has up to 20Mbps download and up to 1Mbps upload. The “up to” is dependent on a number of factors such as distance and other users on the same service in the area.

Once you start working in the cloud you generally need to transfer a lot more information up to the Internet, but at 0.8Mbps versus 1,000Mbps speeds the difference is a factor of 10,000 slower! This only based on an average connection speed, but of course many businesses have much lower connection speeds due to the aforementioned factors.

#1 Consideration – How Fast Can I Go?

Thus, the first thing to appreciate about moving to the cloud is how important the speed of your broadband connection is. We generally recommend customers ensure they have a symmetric connection (i.e. same down and up speeds) and this connection be 10Mbps or better. However, even at these speeds access will still be 100 times slower than what is generally experienced with on premises equipment.

Of course, the cloud provides a range of additional functionality that also needs to be taken into consideration when it comes to evaluating the most appropriate solution, but of primary consideration should always be the capacity of the broadband connection through which the cloud services will be accessed. This means that before you get too far down the track of considering a move to the cloud you need to call Correct and have a discussion about evaluating your existing broadband connection and what that can potentially be scaled to, given the amount of people who need to be accessing it.

It is of course possible to implement a hybrid cloud solution where things such as file access remains on premises, and loads such as email are moved to the cloud. Doing so allows you to get the best of both worlds, with the flexibility to migrate further to the cloud when connection speeds improve.

Of course, all of this talk about technology speeds and services can be very confusing and that’s where Correct Solutions can help. We have the experience and expertise to advise you on how to get the most from your internet, the cloud and most importantly, what is suitable for your business. Feel free to contact us on (02) 8831 3200 to discuss your needs.

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