How 5G Will Impact Cloud Computing and Remote Workforce
Take a step back and think about how many products and services we use multiple times every day of our lives that rely on cloud computing. It’s staggering. While many of the underlying frameworks and concepts of cloud computing existed as far back as the 1960s, it wasn’t until the early to mid-2000s that “the cloud” as we know it today really took shape.
Now, whether it’s putting work files on Dropbox, streaming the latest shows and movies, or telecommuting and working remotely from home — it’s hard to imagine a world without the cloud, which has only become more mainstream, efficient, and powerful over the past few years.
But while the cloud may have been the seminal driving technology force of the 2000s, 5G is poised to be the next powerful tech driver through the 2020s and beyond. What effects will the rollout and general mainstream adoption of 5G have on cloud computing and the ever-growing remote workforce?
Initial tangible effects of 5G on the cloud
For the unaware, 5G is the freshly-unveiled mobile telecommunications standard that provides significant speed increases over existing 4G LTE networks. The speed increases are substantial, and that’s putting it mildly. Current 4G LTE can offer a peak speed of around 5-12 megabits per second, whereas 5G users can expect to see about 200GB per second. To put that into a framework most can better understand, that is the difference between downloading an HD movie from Netflix to watch later in a matter of seconds, not minutes.