5G and cloud computing: An impact on the growing cloud adoption

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At a Glance

Reports have shown the increasing adoption of 5G subscriptions, with trends pointing to its eventual coverage of 45 percent of the total global mobile data traffic and 65 percent of the population worldwide. The landscape of cloud computing and the growing adoption of the cloud are several things it impacts.

Fox news had explained the concept of 5G using comparisons in layman terms. They assigned roles to 3G, 4G and 5G each, matching them with a junior high school rock band, a high school player playing louder and faster, and an orchestra, respectively, to indicate the differentiating factors in terms of quality and latency.

According to the American multinational conglomerate AT & T’s Chief Technology Officer Andre Feutsch, this fifth-generation technology is a new platform that can deliver higher speeds than its predecessors at a lower latency. Latency refers to the time taken for two devices on an internet network to respond to each other or the response time taken for a network link to respond. Hence, the discerning factor ultimately comes down to speed.

5G makes use of radiofrequency waves to transmit and receive data. Reports state that while 3G networks possess about 100 milliseconds, 4G networks have nearly 30 milliseconds. In the case of 5G networks, it will be as low as one millisecond. A blink of an eye takes approximately 300 to 400 milliseconds. The speed of 5G, therefore, requires no further explanation.

Today, some countries have limited access to 5G networks, and as it takes over the world by storm, it leaves its mark on specific domains. Reports state that cloud computing is one such area that the 5G revolution will impact.

Reports state that the cloud market, a $200 billion industry, has been experiencing tremendous growth in recent years, a trend that would most likely continue further. Two years ago, Gartner had reported that the public cloud revenue would grow 17 percent in 2020. Sid Nag, research vice president at Gartner, had opined that as cloud computing and cloud adoption has entered the mainstream, expectations on the outcomes associated with cloud investments remain higher. 

Adoption of next-generation solutions are almost always ‘cloud enhanced solutions, meaning they build on the strengths of a cloud platform to deliver digital business capabilities,

Sid Nag

Reports indicate that as businesses replace older and legacy hardware by transiting to the cloud, cloud technology will continue to evolve despite changing political and economic landscapes. As organizations migrate more workflows and workloads to the cloud, there is still space for more technology to be moved too. Opinions have highlighted that as companies continue to gain confidence in and reliance on cloud services, they would soon bid adieu to old on-premises technology and rely more on SaaS solutions. 

An impending impact?

According to experts, owing to the lower latency provided by 5G networks, it is likely to improve the IoT (Internet of Things) significantly. The availability of 5G leads to enhanced data transmission in real-time. According to a post by IoT for all from Emnify, a leading cloud communication provider for IoT, there would be about 100 billion mobile devices around the world that could be made accessible at the same time, which indicates a connection density of approximately one million devices per square kilometer. An addition to the 5G prowess would be the relative movement speed. 

This means that connection quality will be much more stable up to a speed of 500 kilometers per hour, which will bring enormous benefits, especially for rail travelers. Regardless of smartphones, increasing amounts of data are inevitable in other areas of application. For these reasons and many others, 5G IoT will become the new key technology of connectivity,

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Concerning cloud computing, the benefits offered by cloud services are many, especially in the domain of bulk data transfer, storage, and handling. Within an organization with access to a public cloud with decent internet access, connecting and transmitting data becomes more effortless. Simply uploading the content on the cloud storage and allowing co-workers to download the file from there would do the trick. However, the entry of 5G to this field would alter the status quo. Reports have questioned the need to connect with a colleague’s device indirectly when devices can connect at milliseconds of latency, with a minimum connection speed.

However, some like Mark Kristen, a market leader at Strategic Initiatives and previously the vice president of BitTitan, in a post on dataconomy, has enunciated on the different segments of the growth of the cloud market, and the impact of 5G on the growing cloud adoption, in the other way. He states that though uncertainties on how the cloud market’s path would unfold, the impact of 5G would reverberate through it, enabling cloud computing in numerous ways, especially in underdeveloped countries.

“Due to the cost of laying infrastructures, such as copper, fiber, and piping, underdeveloped economies will opt for the more cost-effective alternative of deploying 5G wireless infrastructure. This, in turn, will open new doors for the people in those countries and accelerate international cloud adoption.”

It will be noteworthy to observe how the developments play out in the future.

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