100-1,000X Faster Web

A faster web bodes well for the Cloud

Researchers at MIT say that the future of the internet looks like this: speeds up to 1,000 times faster than currently and, strangely, using less energy than what’s needed now. A faster internet, says an article I read, would also make high-speed data access a lot cheaper.

What would that mean for the average user today? A user who has a hard time downloading a 100MB file could easily send a 10GB file, with the web running 100 times faster, according to an MIT researcher.

More importantly, the question is, how would the web get so much faster?

The answer is replacing electrical signals inside routers with faster optical signals, says MIT. This way, much more powerful computer processors, such as 16-bit processors, won’t run into choke points on the web.  “I think the Internet will not be fast enough within three to five years,” said Vincent Chan, an electrical engineer and professor at MIT.

But optical fibers are the technology that will speed things up, and, while they are more complicated to deal with, they are already used widely on the Internet — spanning huge distances and even continents.

This is a grand vision of the future of the web, and one that will no doubt make running cloud computing-based applications even more appealing for businesses. That should spur greater demand, too, for all kinds of cloud services, including monitoring tools that ensure apps are running smoothly.   Check out the benefits of cloud-based monitoring!