Over the last 20 years or so, the traffic of global data has increased more than a thousand times. The speed of data travel can reach up to 200,000 kilometers per second. The global data infrastructure supply chain is seamless and breathtaking, and improving it can help ensure that the people in poor countries get equitable access to all the essential data. In other words, an efficient data infrastructure that the cloud provides can make broadband more affordable and effective across the world. Cloud at the national level allows countries to provide reliable and affordable broadband connectivity to their populations. Let us discuss how the cloud improves broadband affordability.
Cloud Connects Countries
In Low-Income Countries (LICs), there is a lack of modern and advanced data infrastructure due to bad governance and missing competition. This allows disadvantages of performance, speed, and cost to negatively impact the population. Cloud offers such countries efficient and effective modern data management flows. The establishment of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) allows a local exchange of domestic data. IXPs help LICs to skip the time-delaying and high-costing process of making the data travel vast distances to reach IXPs situated overseas.
However, the establishment of IXPs alone is not the key, and proper maintenance and arrangements need to be upheld for them to function successfully. That is where cloud providers come in to improve the performance of the data services and make them affordable. In order to take advantage of artificial intelligence and access state-of-the-art services of different software, cloud computing services are becoming more and more integral, crucial, and critical. South Africa, Brazil, and Kenya are just a few examples where people are benefiting from the provision of cloud on-ramps that offer them secure, fast, and cost-efficient direct links to cloud computers, swiftly bypassing the public internet.
Originating from global data processing centers and data storage facilities, data infrastructure forms a supply chain. These facilities and centers are cloud computing platforms that send the data to the IXPs to pass through and transfer between the users. This functionality of the cloud provides the basis for broadband affordability and efficiency.
Creation of Cloud On-Ramps
Different cloud platforms provide cutting-edge and highly effective computing capabilities. They have brought about a significant and critical improvement and increase in the speed and capacity of data processing. That is why the world has been seeing an increase in the processing of data being handled by cloud platforms. The cloud providers manage private connections between themselves and data centers that are called cloud on-ramps. These on-ramps allow the direct interaction of clients and cloud providers through local and domestic IXPs that are situated in colocation data centers. This connection does not need internet, and clients and users can access cloud services at extremely low costs, high speeds, strong reliability, and optimal security.
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Direct Cloud Access From a Remote Branch
Multiple inexpensive broadband circuits are a way for enterprises to permit traffic from designated SaaS applications to reach the internet by enabling Cloud On-ramp on the branch router at remote sites. A secure local breakout will be allowed to traffic from these SaaS applications while the usual path will be followed by all the other traffic that is internet-bound. For the cloud application’s traffic, Cloud On-ramp selects the most optimized regional breakout in a highly dynamic manner. Additionally, it provides a fallback path to the regional hub or the data center.
Direct Cloud Access Through Secure Web Gateways (SWGs)
Using inexpensive broadband internet circuits, enterprises in some deployments connect SD-WAN fabric from remote branches. They choose Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) or Secure Web Gateway (SWG) point of presence to enforce their IT security policies. These scenarios are made efficient by setting up Cloud OnRamp for SaaS to choose from among the multiple paths to SWG, the most optimal one.
Cloud Access Through the Most Optimal Regional Hub
To serve internet-bound traffic, some enterprises prefer using regional hubs (DMZs) instead of equipping each remote branch with internet access. In this case, Carrier-Neutral Facilities (CNFs) or third-party Colocation Facilities (Colos) can host the hubs. They have the security capabilities of Unified Threat Management (UTM) or Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) and serve as regional internet exit points. This allows a gateway mode deployment of Cloud On-ramp, and the traffic for each SaaS application receives a dynamic choice of the optimal regional gateway.
The countries having the highest levels of cloud deployments have the lowest data transit prices. Almost 90% of the internet capacity is connected in the United States and the European Union. Therefore, they are the most cost-efficient hubs for data transit. The highest traffic countries have the modest costs of exchanging data, $0.62 per megabyte per second in London and $0.45 per megabyte per second in North America.
Under and less developed digital ecosystems and taking less advantage of the cloud offerings lead to higher data transit prices. The data flow there is unbalanced, and the amount of competition is limited. The Global South cities have little domestic data infrastructure, and the prices are $5.00 per megabyte per second in Johannesburg and $2.38 per megabyte per second in Sao Paulo.
Conclusion to how Cloud Improves Broadband Affordability
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