[AusNOG] iCloud - Is it going to hurt access providers?
angelo.giuffrida at gmail.com
Sat Sep 3 20:52:17 EST 2011
I believe majority of Apple's iCloud service will be delivered by Akamai
CDN. I'm not 100% sure if they utilise PipeIX (I think they do), but
regardless I do believe some ISP's peer with Akamai directly so it shouldn't
pose that much impact for providers that have strong peering partnerships.
Just my two cents on the issue, but it does commoditise cloud based storage
for the average user, so I could see a potential negative impact for
providers, so it's a great discussion to be had. *wink* any providers want
to offer their thoughts? *wink*
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On 03/09/2011, at 8:44 PM, Skeeve Stevens <Skeeve at eintellego.net> wrote:
I've been thinking about the impact that iCloud (by Apple) will have on the
My guess is that 99% of consumer internet access is Asymmetrical (DSL,
Cable, wireless, etc) and iCloud when launched will 'upload' obscene amounts
of gigs of music, tv, backups, email, photos, documents/data and so on to
their data centres.
Now, don't misunderstand me, I love the concept of iCloud, as I do DropBox,
but from an Access Providers perspective, I'm thinking this might be a 'bad
From what I can see there are some key issues:
- Users with plans that count upload and download together.
- The speed of Asymmetric tail technology such as DSL
- The design of access provider backhaul (from DSLAM to core) metrics
- The design of some transit metrics
So basically the potential issue is that a large residential provider could
have thousands of users connect to iCloud, their connections slowed because
of uploading data, burning their included bandwidth caps, slowing down the
backhaul segment of the network, and as residential providers are mostly
download, some purchase transit from their upstreams in an symmetric
This post is really just to prompt discussion if people think there is
anything to actually worry about, or there are other implications that I've
not really thought of yet.
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