The risk of vendor lock-in is a major hurdle to cloud adoption, yet small businesses that adopt cloud services tend to have better revenue growth and improved productivity.
A recent customer quotation for a WAN service for multiple locations was a reminder that there are still huge price differences in from the various service providers. For five sites across Australia, three quotes were gathered for a similar WAN (Fiber, MPLS, etc.) services. One quote was $13,000 per month and others were $3,500 & $4,800 for similar services!
The Australian government is already talking up telemedicine and education examples as remote usage ideas for the National Broadband Network. Other examples such as security related eye or thumbprint scans or logistically related delivery or warehouse inventory tracking could all be improved by integrating with mobile phone.
Cloud Computing needs inexpensive broadband with high data transfer rates included. This is one area that Telstra does not provide good value for money and shopping elsewhere is smart on the pocket book. Australia ranks 59 in the world in terms of average upload speeds and 40 in average download speeds.