5 Possible Ways 5G will Impact Cloud ComputingOctober 21, 2019
5G intersects with cloud computing on an array of fronts
The Intersection of 5G and Cloud Computing
It’s hard to pin-point the exact ways in which 5G will interface with cloud computing. From streaming to IoT, IT security, collaboration, and machine learning (ML), the exact dynamics of the future interplay between the cloud and 5G is still unknown.
Already, cloud computing has become a fundamental part of life in the 21st century. It helps family members keep in touch, remote workforces to maintain good communication, and helps people indulge in their favorite games and shows. The fusion of 5G will take cloud infrastructures to new dimensions and will have ripple effects in our daily lives.
5G will open the floodgate of ideas for mobile cloud services which were ruled out under the previous connectivity eras. But as with every new age, some will be left behind, while others soar to new heights.
The Spread of High-Speed Cloud Computing
5G will facilitate the spread of cloud computing services to rural and hard-to-reach areas without access to high-speed internet. As a direct effect of its rollout in regions with high concentrations of residents, 5G will fast-track the introduction of high-speed internet across areas with no high-speed connectivity options.
People in some of those areas may experience a sudden transformation in connectivity systems from low latency and slow connections to 5G’s multi-gigabytes-per-second speeds. This will automatically bring more people on board the cloud landscape and give businesses in rural areas a major boost.
The Rise of IoT
With its high speeds, low latency and reliable signal, 5G will empower the rise of IoT systems across industries. Unlike a Wi-Fi network that only supports an internet connection with a few devices in a given location, 5G network encapsulates a vast array of connected devices across a wider range.
This will give rise to more efficient remote monitoring and control of inventories, production processes, and value chains. Businesses will be able to collect, store, and gain insights from a vast array of data from various sources for business purposes via the cloud in a cost-effective manner.
On the home front, 5G’s low latency and high speeds will facilitate easier management of home automation systems with connected appliances like smart locks, smart thermostats, smart shower heads, and many other products.
The Emergence of Competitive Connectivity Plans
With the fusion of 5G and cloud computing, network carriers will gain a competitive edge that was impossible under the previous generations of connectivity. The disproportionately greater capacity and flexibility inherent in 5G will give rise to highly competitive cloud and IoT services. This new crop of services will empower innovative IoT and cloud functionalities and remain cost-effective.
Increased Streaming and Real-Time Analytics Activities
Cloud computing is the wheelhouse of big data. 5G will not only expand the storage capacity of the cloud for big data, but it will also supercharge the speed with which data is stored and retrieved from the cloud. This eliminates the stream analytics dilemma faced with the use of current wired and wireless connections.
For movie buffs, YouTube lurkers, and individual 5G subscribers across the board, the breakneck speeds of 5G will bring about a disproportionate increase in the rate of streaming activities
The Proliferation of Innovative Cloud-Based Apps
The high capacity and dynamism of 5G opens up new possibilities for developers and businesses to create cloud-based apps. This new opening will give rise to the introduction of new innovative apps across industries such as healthcare, banking, marketing, and academics, to name only a few.
Businesses will be able to deploy highly efficient apps for the management of the various areas of daily operations.
A Possible Complete Annihilation of the Cloud
On a cautionary note, it’s worth mentioning that 5G has the potential to eliminate the cloud from the connectivity loop . With its blazing speeds, it can empower edge computing at the expense of the cloud. The low latency and breakneck speeds of 5G can facilitate the transfer of data between multiple devices without the need for an online repository.
Computing with 5G
As the initial phase of the rollout of 5G gets underway, businesses are keenly identifying areas that could help them reach their goals and gain a more competitive edge. But that being said, it’s not necessarily wise to move completely to cloud-based computing – at least until we know the direction 5G will take us.
The possible impact of 5G on the cloud can help businesses and individuals create digital strategies that will ensure they don’t end up on the losing end of the coming technological revolution.