The National Broadband Network (NBN) will be fundamental to the long term success of consumer cloud computing, and irrelevant for the enterprise cloud in Australia, according to NetApp.
“For the public cloud, for the general populous right the way down to the mum and dad corner shop level, [the cloud] will be absolutely dependent on the NBN. Anything that is enterprise-driven won’t as everyone is building their own [NBN],” Roger Mannett, director of marketing at NetApp Australia said at the storage vendors’ end of year media lunch.
“Companies I talk to have all decided that they a) can’t depend on the government getting it right, and b) delivering it on time, so they have gone with building their own private networks for delivering it.”
This issue also extended to the health sector, which despite the common belief that it would be a big user of the NBN to deliver services, would also use its own private networks to deliver services, Mannett said.
“The Department of Health is going to have a standardised medical health record system… right across the country and they will need a network to do it, and I can guarantee the NBN will not be the network to do that as the government won’t be building the [health] software or applications so you will need someone who is a service provider to stand that up,” he said.
“That service provider won’t be reliant, except on the fringe of the network, on anything other their own built network because of bandwidth. If you want to link up all the major metropolitan hospitals in the cities and the major specialty consultants then you’re not going to do that on the NBN.”
Commenting on trends in the local storage market, Mannett said NetApp was seeing a lot of change in the way that customers were thinking about infrastructure.
“Customers today are doing 12 month renewals of leases, and service contracts and are wringing that last year out of hardware,” he said. “Why they’re going through that last 12 months is to figure out where they are going with the cloud – what is the strategic offering which will suit them, are they infrastructure as a service candidates, will they do SaaS which seems to be one of the most proliferating services today.”