NBN will drive SME use of cloud, AVAYA

NBN will drive SME use of cloud, AVAYA

Avaya Networking director Roy Wakim said that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) could reap considerable benefits from the National Broadband Network (NBN) by utilising Cloud-hosted services.

He  added that NBN would not only save small businesses time with the quick 100Mbps speeds, but it would also save them money as it reduces the need for IT infrastructure and the costs involved with application management.

Reducing the need for servers and IT infrastructure also means businesses are able to establish themselves quickly and easier as business applications can be accessed from anywhere. Even basic applications, such as hosted mail or word processing programs such as Word, can utilise NBN speeds, Wakim said.

Start-ups could also utilise the high speeds of the NBN to enable them to operate on a low cost basis. If a start-up is able to locate all their applications in the Cloud, they could easily operate from home and would not need to buy IT servers.

Kylie Hargreaves, executive director, investment and export services at NSW Trade and Investment, said the NBN will also help facilitate trends such as mobility, Big Data and analytics.

The ability to connect with other people around the world and export goods and services through start-ups will also play an integral role in Australia’s competitive advantage, she said. However, high-speed networks and the use of applications which use those networks will provide challenges.

While SMEs and start-ups will have to navigate the potential complexities of Cloud and how to use the NBN to utilise their use of it, Wakim said more SMEs will begin to adopt it as the NBN is rolled out. SMEs and start-ups could also benefit from the NBN by linking offices and branches together, according to Wakim.

However, Wakim concedes start-ups and SMEs are currently not aware of the benefits they could gain from the NBN and utilising the Cloud and it needs to be as straightforward a process as possible.

Source Referrence: http://www.computerworld.com.au/