Lessons From My 6-Year-Old: Cloud Computing and Bandwith Caps
My kids have had iPads for a while now and it’s no secret I’m a big fan of the technology and the educational benefits it has to offer. Recently my daughter has discovered Netflix and the fact it streams one of her favorite shows, Disney’s Good Luck Charlie. Entertainment factor aside, when she discovered that this along with a whole load of other child-friendly content was available whenever she pleased, she proceeded to flick from one episode to another, watching what I can only describe as highlights.
While I was happy that she was enjoying the application it did raise a few concerns with me in relation to bandwidth. In the area that I live, there are limited Internet provider options and it’s pretty safe to say that there is a little bit of a local cable company monopoly going on. Speed from them is not an issue as they deliver around 50MB to my household however this is capped with a 150GB per month usage limit. While 150GB is a lot of bandwidth, I was concerned with how quickly that would be chewed up by hours of Netflix streaming along with whatever the other device users in my home were doing. Thinking about this lead me to another question, what long-term effects do bandwidth limits have on cloud computing?
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