Cloud computing could cause the next Industrial Revolution, says Telstra


news The cloud has sparked true IT transformation, and could potentially usher in a new Industrial Revolution, according to an opinion piece penned by Michelle Bendschneider – Telstra’s Executive Director, Global Products.

In her examination of why the cloud has had a larger impact than any other technology over the past decade, she said that, thanks to cloud computing, “IT power is cheaper, easier to deploy, more reliable and less complex”.

Where projects previously required lengthy planning periods and significant up-front investment can now be switched on “in a matter of minutes” and “effectively rented rather than owned”, she went on.

“The connected world is creating huge data streams that provide powerful insights into the way we live and the positive changes we can all make. It is also creating enormous opportunity for innovative and agile companies who can use the data strategically to their advantage,” Bendschneider said.

Further, she explained, as infrastructure has converged, combining server, network and storage capabilities onto one platform, speed and agility have become paramount.

As well as this technological shift, there is also a global trend for companies change the way they “use their employees”, converging roles and retraining staff to maximise business value.

Bendschneider cited research from Trackvia, which suggests that, by using cloud-based apps and remote access technology, worker productivity has risen by 13%.

However, she said, companies still face challenges over issues such as whether to opt for a public or private cloud approach – with each variation having its own strategic implications.

While public cloud services use servers shared among multiple users, private cloud services bring sole usage of the resources.

For those opting for the public cloud, the Executive Director advises, one of the main challenges is working out how to take core business infrastructure and its related applications and host those applications on another firm’s infrastructure.

For those going with a private cloud setup, firms often struggle with the requirement to maintain internally hosted systems and make them work with cloud services.

“While the cloud promises a great deal, moving to a cloud-only IT infrastructure takes time,” she said. “This often means working with a hybrid infrastructure where some services are retained locally and others hosted in the cloud.”


  1. Not with their faulty DSL copper it won’t. DSL copper they blew all the money on from the fibre budget. Money they could have used to roll out fibre for businesses. But they took it away out of spite.

    Try using cloud services over 600ms latency Satellite !

    Ag Tech could really do with automated cloud services but they need fibre for that with 0ms latencies !

        • Sorry troll, fibre latency isn’t zero. Just like your “light to bits” isn’t layer-2.

          • There is no hope for you nutjob

            Go back to your day job…. that is if you have one!!

            It seem that you have nothing better to do in life than sit there with your arse hanging over you chair, posting your backward bullshit on Delimiter.


          • He has a job. He made a spreadsheet once. His job is to reduce his companies tax bill, maining by reducing profits by employing dead wood like himself.

          • @sc your foulmouthed posts are testament to your lack of understanding (like light to bits). Packet creation takes a non-zero amount of time, transmission by any medium over any non-zero distance additional non-zero amount of time, routers add even more.

            Your links show your delusion has company (like your Quigley reference to layer-2). Either they round latency down or not they’re working. Eye candy for the uninformed.

            Fortunately for you many delims share your lack of technical understanding, like @H above. You’ve plenty of company here (Alex not that far away).

          • “fibre latency isn’t zero.”

            You can’t even make up this crap

            Come back when you understand TCP/IP!

            Lookie! Lookie! Balls on a hookie!

            Yeah. It’s 1:59am in California. So fucking what you fucking moron!


          • @sc the ip stack adds additional non-zero time. For the ping example it needs to receive the icmp packet (ip datagram), decode it and echo a response. The return message also takes a non-zero travel time.

            Not sure why you believe TCP is relevant here, however if we were to add sockets to the equation the latency increases even further as addition processing and state management is required.

            Comparing say FTTN v FTTH the additional latency is the additional processing time at node MINUS the tiny faster transmission time. Yes eectricity actually travels faster in copper (2.3×10^8 m/s) than light in optical fibre (2.0×10^8). Though distances to node very short.

            For the vast majority of both journeys a packet uses exactly the same technology (fibre).

    • In my experience with development & distribution Cloud applications (11 years) our clients never choose Cloud hosting with telcos. There are much better and reliable Cloud services available with specialist companies such as RackSpace or they host their own.

      The Industrial Revolution was in the 19th century. It is now the Digital Age in 2016. Cloud, Big Data, Internet of Things, Machine 2 Machine technology often combined together are now mainstream.

      You don’t have to be Nostradamus to predict that Cloud computing will continue to boom, a shift that had already commenced around 15 years ago, spearheaded by the leaders (Oracle, IBM & Microsoft)

      Who in the hell would be stupid enough to host mission critical business applications with Telstra. They go down more times than a Kings Cross whore!

  2. Telstra is only concerned in profit and their faulty scammy mobile white elephant crap.

    Having colocated servers before, bandwidth is expensive but more so incoming traffic to the server.

    “Ironically, this actually increases the cost to several of these providers because they now need to backhaul traffic to another CloudFlare data center and pay more in the process. For instance, if Telstra were to peer with CloudFlare then they would only have to move traffic over about 30 meters of fiber optic cable between our adjoining cages in the same data center. Now Telstra will need to backhaul traffic to Free customers to Los Angeles or Singapore over expensive undersea cables. Their behavior is irrational in any competitive market and so it is not a surprise that each of these providers is a relative monopolist in their home market.”

    Telstra is a Behemoth abomination of the Liberals creation. Anti-innovation and certainly anti-business.

    Why else did they dump their faulty copper on everyone and ran away with billions of tax payer money ?

    Telstra is full of shit.

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