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Can Cloud Computing Fight Back 5G or Accept It?

By Cloud Computing Outlook | Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The battle between the 5G and Cloud may have some disruptive issues on the cloud. But, the technology up until now has only been ifs and whens. The full implementation of 5G will genuinely determine whether its complimentary or detrimental to cloud computing

Fremont, CA: When Verizon rolled out 5G in 2018 in October, it shocked the testers with the speed and the aim to kill latency. By being approximately 200 times faster than 4G LTE, the wait for information to reach devices was made non-existent. From one point of view, cloud computing is made redundant as the data transfer in 5G is faster. Being considered the next most powerful tech driver in 2020 and beyond, 5G is set to disrupt cloud computing in several ways. Let's have a check 

1. Bye, Bye, Buffering: 

Smartphones rely on the cloud computing network to stream live videos and listen to music online. Cloud computing transfers the burden of the network on the Internet connection. Thus, making it buffer, especially if the internet connection is slow. But, 5G, on the other hand, provides a peak speed of almost 5-12 megabits per second. With speeds like this, the latency can be kicked out and buffering would be eliminated from the scene fully. But extreme pressure on cloud computing is placed to enable the increased content available on the network in a short timespan.

2. Lower Latency Lifting Experiences: 

The time required to load the webpage, the time taken by two devices to respond to each other is the latency. Cloud computing works in alignment with high latency challenges, accompanied by wavering internet performance. 

 The high latency issue in cloud computing curbs it from being applied in the niche of businesses. It has proven to be detrimental for a variety of companies as well. 

Amidst this scenario, the latency rate of 5G when introduced will be as low as one millisecond. 5G will abolish high latency and increase the speed substantially. Hence, the mechanism dependent on the speed of the internet will gain momentum with the release of 5G. Prospective business models like autonomous cars, smart lamps, and delivery drones will also happen due to 5G. Cloud as a computing platform will not be utilized anymore. 

3. 5G is Greener Than the Cloud: 

One of the most crucial problems faced due to cloud computing is energy utilization. The data centre that powers the cloud consists of multiple servers, air conditioners, cables, and networks. These units consume a lot of power and release a large number of greenhouse gases to the environment. Since transmission rates in 5G are almost 100x higher, it urges the data centers to introduce resource-intensive data operations, which will not compromise energy consumptions. By this method, 5G will extinguish the environmental problems that cloud computing poses. 

4. Running Low in Storage: 

The cloud data storage is often looked after by a company that is not under the control of the customer, making it impossible to customize the data storage set-up. This issue underlies for large scaled businesses with complex storage needs. Without the internet, stored data cannot be accessed remotely. Eventually, the transportation data from one cloud to another cloud service provider becomes a herculean task. 

5G comes to the rescue as it promises to fulfill the need for x times more content on the online market. The need for more abundant storage is necessary with increasing content. With 5G and increased download speeds, larger files need to be stored, and the scope for storage space is higher than ever. This phenomenon will put more pressure on the cloud to accommodate more data storage capacities.

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