One thing to consider when moving to the cloud is the speed of your internet – which is where the cloud lives. When researching different internet service providers (ISPs), you hear different terms that describe what you are getting. You need to be “in the know” when selecting your type of connectivity because it will affect your team’s productivity once you move to the cloud. Here are some key things to consider:
Yes, “the bigger, the better” rule does apply to internet speed. Did you notice we use lowercase b instead of uppercase B when describing internet speed?
Usually your connection speed is described with a unit called Mbps (Mega bits per second). It’s measured in terms of “bits” rather than “Bytes,” hence, the lowercase b reference. And how many bits can move per second is commonly used to measure the speed of internet. 1 Byte consists of 8 bits. So, if you are thinking 10Mbps is the same as 10BM (Megabytes), you are mistaken. In actuality, 10Mbps = 10,000Kbps / 8 = 1,250K Bytes (or 1.25MB).
You might want to review your internet connection by speed testing it in your browser. You can type “speed test” in Google search and find a program to run a test of your computer’s connectivity.
ISPs tend to give you faster download speed instead of upload speed. They generally offer options where you can get the same speed for uploads or downloads, but the price may be higher than your regular connection.
Types of Connections:
There are different types of connections: DSL, Cable, Ethernet, and Fiber. In certain areas, you may have radio and satellite connections.
Most of us are familiar with DSL, Cable and Ethernet. They all transmit over copper cables. Although the delivery methods are different, the speed is not affected by the distance from the ISP's Point of Presence (POP) to your office, however, the signals do get weaker as you get further away. Also, be aware that your internet speed may be slower than what the ISP tells you on paper.
Fiber relies on light instead of electricity to transmit data, which makes it faster, and it does not wear off like the signals over copper do. Unfortunately, Fiber installations are not yet available in all cities and streets so check with your providers to see if they can deliver it for you.
Research your choices for internet connectivity and speed before you purchase. Don't be deceived by how fast technology works on television. You need to ask questions about your connectivity options, especially when it comes to your business.