Legacy to Cloud - Wired and Wireless\r\nWhen enterprises think of internet connectivity, some still think of the old standbys of T-1s and T-3s, and we find many customers who haven\u2019t touched their Internet connections in years, and are significantly behind.\r\n\r\nOthers have run with fiber connectivity, and opened up an entirely new world. Fiber has significantly changed IT life, and powered everything about how cloud providers and businesses can connect at speeds that just 10 years ago would\u2019ve been unaffordable for all but a handful of companies.\r\n\r\nLegacy wireless (3G, 4G) meant more freedom for road warriors, but wireless connectivity for enterprises was largely limited to smartphones and mobile wifi hotspots.\r\nWhat Matters About 5G?\r\nAs fast as 4G seems to be compared to 3G, 4G is more like using a data straw to connect to the Internet compared to the firehose of 5G.\r\n\r\nWith restricted bandwidth and a relatively high latency, 4G is currently an obstacle to any use cases where it\u2019s not simply about getting data EVENTUALLY to where you need it to be, but in being able to essentially stream data in REALTIME from point to point.\r\n\r\nThe theoretical performance improvements of 5G suggest possible network latency of one millisecond, at speeds from 1Gbs to 10Gbps. If you aren\u2019t a networking geek, that\u2019s a 10-100x improvement over 4G and LTE (4.5G).\r\n\r\nAnd what does that unlock?\r\n5G Storage Use Cases\r\nThe most popular use cases to talk about for 5G are topics like IoT and AI and machine learning initiatives, and those are exciting areas to be sure although it\u2019s early days for mainstream adoption.\r\n\r\nSo let\u2019s step back to an increasingly common storage use case - surveillance cameras.\r\n\r\nSurveillance footage is only as valuable as it is usable, which requires:\r\n\r\n \tBetter resolution in order to be able to recognize enough detail to be useful\r\n \tBetter connectivity to get it to where it needs to be for human or machine evaluation\r\n \tScalable and low cost storage to keep it for both immediate analysis, and for long-term archives\r\n\r\nConnectivity\r\nThis is not common knowledge, but today, the vast majority of surveillance cameras in large implementations are not connected to wired networks, which is quite different from most \u201centerprise uses\u201d of data capture devices. Instead, these cameras take advantage of 4G LTE, particularly in city-wide implementations where cabling would be nearly impossible both logistically and financially.\r\n\r\n5G will provide significantly more capacity to stream video back across the network to a central repository and dashboard, support significantly more cameras at higher resolution, and enabling new levels of intelligence as more feeds can be combined and analyzed for a truly big picture view.\r\nStorage\r\nThe resulting Big Video explosion will drive even more IT spending towards cloud storage as the most cost-effective solution for storing large amounts of data.\r\n\r\nBy choosing a low-cost yet high performance cloud storage provider like Wasabi, the need to continuously upgrade your own storage and actively work to attempt to build available storage before you run out, or to archive it offsite for affordability, disappears.\r\n\r\nAll of the unpredictable costs of egress charges from the big 3 also disappear (Wasabi doesn\u2019t charge for egress). The odds that you will access video footage is much higher (and in larger volumes) than most data archives, which makes first generation cloud providers like AWS an expensive solution for this use case \u2014 the egress charges alone would burn your budget faster than your data arrived.\r\nAll Cloud Combination\r\nBy using 5G for connectivity, and Wasabi for cloud storage, organizations that run surveillance systems avoid the cost and complexity of operating their own network, their own storage, and if trends in body cameras extend into mounted surveillance, they won\u2019t have to own the cameras either - they would be provided by their surveillance equipment vendor as a subscription.\r\n\r\nAll of which begs the question - maybe you don\u2019t HAVE to have a 5G strategy just yet, but is your storage strategy up to what is already required of your business?\r\n\r\nAre you ready to scale to what\u2019s coming?\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re looking for storage experts, you\u2019ve come to the right place. For most companies, it\u2019s time to get out of owning and operating storage, but storage is our sweet spot. Talk to us to see what your options are for any use case, we\u2019d love to hear from you.