Welcome!

@CloudExpo Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Roger Strukhoff

Related Topics: @CloudExpo

@CloudExpo: Article

Australia's Lunatic NBN OK for Cloud (Update)

Gigabit Service to Everyone is Insane

HP recently cited Australia's National Broadband Network, or NBN, as a reason to site a new cloud-computing datacenter in the greater Sydney area. Datacenters require significant Internet bandwdith, and HP has been no doubt reassured that Australia will be able to deliver what's needed.

The truth of the matter is the NBN is a lunatic idea that may end up delivering great value to the Australian economy, but only if its promises are unfulfilled.

The NBN purports to install enough direct-to-home fiber optic cable to deliver gigabit-per-second speeds to 93% of all Australians. The other 7% will have to make do with 12mbps service.

Estimates of the NBN's cost run in the $35-40 billion range. This number approaches $2,000 per person, and almost matches amount the country spends on all of its IT each year. Imagine a national broadband initiative in the US that cost almost $600 billion, and you get the idea.

Nice Gig if You Can Get It
A gigabit per second is about 100X what one would need to stream movies, and several hundred times what most people experience in the world today. Popular plans in the US typically guarantee 4-6mbps service at a cost of $40-50 per month. Even though they often deliver about half of that, it's enough bandwidth to keep most of the people happy most of the time.

To be sure, national internet backbones that are fast, ubiquitous, and reliable are a key element of global competitiveness today. But establishing a holy grail of gigabit service for each individual household, or even 100mbps, seems to be politically over-ambitious and technically under-informed.

With luck, cooler heads will prevail in Australia, and a fraction of the budgeted amount will be used simply to build a hella fast backbone that delivers all the bandwidth businesses and individuals need.

This would not fulfill the promises of the NBN. But it would make any number of companies confident that they can build and deliver Cloud Computing services from a country that needs to upgrade its economy from its traditional reliance on raw goods.

Following through on the NBN, on the other hand, will build an Information Superhighway to Nowhere at a preposterous cost.

More Stories By Roger Strukhoff

Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

CloudEXPO Stories
The precious oil is extracted from the seeds of prickly pear cactus plant. After taking out the seeds from the fruits, they are adequately dried and then cold pressed to obtain the oil. Indeed, the prickly seed oil is quite expensive. Well, that is understandable when you consider the fact that the seeds are really tiny and each seed contain only about 5% of oil in it at most, plus the seeds are usually handpicked from the fruits. This means it will take tons of these seeds to produce just one bottle of the oil for commercial purpose. But from its medical properties to its culinary importance, skin lightening, moisturizing, and protection abilities, down to its extraordinary hair care properties, prickly seed oil has got lots of excellent rewards for anyone who pays the price.
The platform combines the strengths of Singtel's extensive, intelligent network capabilities with Microsoft's cloud expertise to create a unique solution that sets new standards for IoT applications," said Mr Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel. "Our solution provides speed, transparency and flexibility, paving the way for a more pervasive use of IoT to accelerate enterprises' digitalisation efforts. AI-powered intelligent connectivity over Microsoft Azure will be the fastest connected path for IoT innovators to scale globally, and the smartest path to cross-device synergy in an instrumented, connected world.
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
ScaleMP is presenting at CloudEXPO 2019, held June 24-26 in Santa Clara, and we’d love to see you there. At the conference, we’ll demonstrate how ScaleMP is solving one of the most vexing challenges for cloud — memory cost and limit of scale — and how our innovative vSMP MemoryONE solution provides affordable larger server memory for the private and public cloud. Please visit us at Booth No. 519 to connect with our experts and learn more about vSMP MemoryONE and how it is already serving some of the world’s largest data centers. Click here to schedule a meeting with our experts and executives.
Darktrace is the world's leading AI company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace's Enterprise Immune System is the first non-consumer application of machine learning to work at scale, across all network types, from physical, virtualized, and cloud, through to IoT and industrial control systems. Installed as a self-configuring cyber defense platform, Darktrace continuously learns what is ‘normal' for all devices and users, updating its understanding as the environment changes.