We Need Google Fiber Sort Of Broadband Service Providers In Town To Boost Business Opportunities And Customer Experiences

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Backup Backup Backup – And Test Restores (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, broadband upload speed is nowhere near the speed that is desirable for people to backup their digital contents to third party backup service providers or I should say doing backups to the cloud.  I’m using Crashplan backup service provider, and it seems that it took me ages to backup my Windows 8 PC — containing 500 GB worth of data — to Crashplan’s cloud with AT&T U-verse 3 Megabit per second upload speed.  On the sort-of opposite spectrum of doing backups to the cloud is doing backups to a local network’s backup device or devices, and it turns out Crashplan software is doing so much better, like way better, when it backups the 500 GB worth of Windows 8 PC data to a NAS (network attached storage) and external hard drives.  Basically, at the moment, I see that Crashplan shows that it’s 97.2% done with a backup for Windows 8 PC to a NAS, 54.1% done with a backup for Windows 8 PC to an external hard drive, and 10.2% done with a backup for Windows 8 PC to Crashplan’s cloud.  So, I think you get the gist why doing backups to the cloud is super tedious and slow.  It really does take ages.

If one day Google Fiber ever comes to my town, I will definitely see doing backups to the cloud as a positive thing.  For now though, 3 Megabit per second upload speed is definitely too slow for me to do a backup from a local network to the cloud for 500 Gigabyte worths of data.  Imagine people who have like Terabytes worth of data, I wonder how would they feel if they have to do backups to the cloud.  With faster broadband such as Google Fiber, I believe the cloud with become even more popular.  If the cloud is not too expensive for people to store Terabytes worth of data and Google Fiber type of service is readily available, I don’t see how people would not find this combination a super delicious one.  Yummy bandwidth and data redundancy if we care not about the possibility of data leak from a possibility of weak computer security in the cloud.  Of course, don’t forget to encrypt whatever data when such data are to be stored in the cloud, yo?

I’m just talking about doing backups of data only, but obviously any faster broadband which is in the league with Google Fiber offers more than just the upload essential, because Google Fiber type of download speed (i.e., Gigabit per second bandwidth) can also bring more opportunities to people and businesses alike.  Just imagine the possibility of having Google Fiber type of broadband connection… more households may be able to enjoy playing games, streaming movies, listening to music, surfing the web, watching Internet TV, video chatting over the Internet, shopping online with enhance experience (e.g., interactive media shopping experience which allows people to use video chat and 3D interactive contents), and a lot more at the same time.

With such amazing possibilities — that I had mentioned — float to the surface of the pool when faster broadband gets deploy, we can definitely see modern businesses that rely on the Internet for revenues will see faster broadband a positive thing and a must thing to have.  For the people who are the consumers of all Internet and digital things, they  might be even more addicted to the Internet since they can do more all at once.  Imagine the fantastic feeling of a big size family when Google Fiber sort of broadband service provider is coming to town, the family will definitely not have to take turns to consume all Internet and digital things.

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Verizon FiOS Will Soon Install 300 Mbps Up and 65 Mbps Down Broadband In Homes, But You Need To Be Where FiOS Is Available And Have Mad Cash!

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English: A map of where Verizon Fios is available in the US according to Fiberexperts.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m so excited about Verizon big push for faster broadband.  Verizon is going to allow some home users to purchase broadband plan which has 300 Mbps download speed and 65 Mbps upload speed.  Nonetheless, did you notice I used the key words “some home users?”  I’ve been waiting for Verizon FiOS in my area for a long time already, but so far only AT&T and Comcast are the two viable competitive choices for me.  So, it’s exciting for me to see Verizon FiOS to allow 300 down and 65 up broadband speed (in Mbps of course), but it’s such a teaser for so many users who are not living in the areas where they can get Verizon FiOS.  Arstechnica reported that Verizon 300/65 up/down FiOS with two year contract will cost around $204.99.  Obviously, the latest and fastest Verizon FiOS speed is super cool, but the price is too expensive.  Nonetheless, if you are going for Verizon FiOS 300/65 up/down broadband speed, you will not have any trouble of using the cloud for doing data backup.  CrashPlan come to mind anyone?  (I hate how most broadband connections allow super slow upload speed, therefore doing backup to the cloud is like watching a crawling of a snail.  In my opinion, Verizon FiOS is the panacea to this pet peeve of mine.)  Check out the video on Verizon soon to be the fastest broadband yet in U.S. right after the break.

Source:  http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/06/verizon-reveals-prices-behind-300mbps-fios-upgrades/

New Fastest Speed For A Network? Researchers Were Blasting Away 186 Gigabits of Data Per Second!

Upload / DownloadAccording to Cnet‘s article “Supercomputer network blasts torrent of data,” various experts in various fields with the same goal in mind, faster network, had accomplished a new feat together in blasting data across their special network at 186 Gigabit per second.  It all took place at SuperComputing Conference of 2011.  Imagining this, by uploading and downloading single sided double layer DVD data (8.7 GB) at this speed, you would get 2.489 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per second; 149.34 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per minute; 8,960.4 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per hour; 215,049.6 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per day.  How about Blu-ray disk of 50 GB type?  You would get 0.433 Blu-ray disk of 50 GB size per second; 25.98 Blu-ray disks of 50 GB size per minute; 1,558.8 Blu-ray disks of 50 GB size per hour;  37,411.2 Blu-ray disks of 50 GB size per day.

With such a speed, I bet some researchers still want faster network.  Why?  If I’m them and have terabyte after terabyte of data to transfer, I definitely think that 186 Gigabit per second is still kind of slow.  Think about it, at 186 Gigabit per second, researchers can only upload and download 1,823.04 terabytes of data per day.  If Cnet’s report “Supercomputer network blasts torrent of data,” is true that petabytes of data being generated at various big research institutes for however long, at such a rate, someone will eventually start complaining how slow it’s for them to be able to only transfer 1.780 petabyte per day.  Of course, everyday users like us would think of such speed is superman.

According to Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, around five exabytes of data get generated every two day period by the Internet (source:  http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/04/schmidt-data/); this TechCrunch article was written in August 4th of 2010.  Imagine as we moving forward, the Internet would need a lot more of data.  The future of the Internet will include the additional evermore growing mobile devices on the top of all devices and computers that we already have today.  1.780 petabyte per day is simply too slow for the Internet by then, I think.  Here is a simple calculation of five exabytes in two days equates to this many terabytes; 1,048,576 terabytes are equal to one exabyte, and so we take this number times five and get 5,242,880 terabytes.  Yep, it takes this much terabytes for every two day period to satisfy the Internet nowadays.  It makes me wonder how much bigger this number will be in 2020 or so.

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Intel’s New Chip Technology Allows Data Transfer Rate At 50 Gigabits Per Second

How fast is your Internet connection?  Compare that to Intel’s new invention and soon to be a new innovation!  So what is it?  Intel has discovered a way to transfer data at 50 gigabits per second.  The current technology is only allowing up to 12 gigabits per second data transfer rate at maximum.  To hit the 50 gigabits per second rate, Intel creates a new type of chip that can convert photons into electricity using more channels in one chip.  The medium for transferring data using the new chip technology is still going to be over fiber optic cables.  According from source, as long Intel improves the technology of the new chip, it may be able to transfer 1 terabit per second in the future; 1 terabit per second equals to something as transferring entire printed collection of the Library of Congress in 1.5 minutes.  Source: Venturebeat.com’s “Intel demos chips that can transfer an HD movie in 1 second.”