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Networking Notworking

“Held back”

Difficulties with victoria’s internet may not be the University’s fault, with a recent report on cloud computing suggesting tertiary institutes are being held back by IT infrastructure. The Asia Cloud Computing Association’s (ACCA) report suggests that New Zealand offers “an
attractive environment for cloud computing” but is limited by the “low offshore bandwidth score”. Manas Kumar, CEO of technology firm
Optimizer hQ , believes that tertiary institutions should be doing more to improve New Zealand’s technology.

“At the academic level in New Zealand, I think there is still a lot of emphasis on theory…I’m only speaking in a very general sense, and I know some institutions are already slowly starting to do this, but they need to invite real-life businesses to come in and share their thoughts, give these kids an idea of what the challenges are in the real world,” said Kumar.
Ben Vidulich, a third year network Engineering student disagrees. “I have a lot of lecturers that have come out of industry and we
have had guest lecturers [from the industry].” Vidulich believes problems with the University’s internet are not due to the University’s bandwidth, rather the University’s proxy server. “The University has very high speed internet, the problem is the infrastructure and I suspect that’s what is slowing it down.”

Kumar also believes New Zealand as a whole could be doing better. New Zealand is currently sixth on the Cloud readiness index which tracks the development of infrastructure. “I’d say we should be aiming for at least top three, because cloud computing is where kiwis,
with our unique sense of creativity and no 8 wire attitude, can really compete with the rest of the world.”

The report recommends expanding available international bandwidth. “A number of new trans-Pacific cables are being proposed—the government and the cloud industry can help by lending support to at least one of these”, says the ACCA. Proposals for trans-Pacific cables have been unsuccessful in the past, primarily due to the high cost. In late-2012, kim Dotcom proposed his own cable, an initiative yet to materialise.

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