Friday, May 22, 2009

Lousy Upload Speeds Forces Amazon to Connect The Cloud To The Postal Service

The folks at Techdirt report: "Amazon's done a lot with its Web Services offerings to advance the notion of cloud computing, and it's now realized that the state of broadband in the US could do a lot to hold it back. Slow upload speeds could hamper the growth of cloud computing: Amazon's CTO says that to upload a terabyte of data over a 10Mbps connection would take 13 days. So the company is working around that issue by letting people submit data to Amazon Web Services via US Mail."

There are a lot of people who don't have a 10 Mbps upload speed -- probably most Americans. Cloud computing could be a great panacea to those who fear computers and their associated software and hardware headaches, but not if it can't be utilized fully via broadband.

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