Australia faces slower internet traffic after damage to underwater cables. New Zealand faces similar risks. But you can minimise them by keeping your data and systems in NZ.
Australian internet users will experience slower overseas connections in the coming weeks after typhoons destroyed a number of underwater links between Sydney and Hong Kong.
Internet traffic is now being redirected via the United States. And while data moves fast, that’s a lot further to go. So that means slower-loading web pages, slower communications, slower streaming.
And, most importantly, slower access to business data and apps stored in overseas data centres.
The same thing could happen here.
New Zealand’s overseas internet traffic depends on just two underwater cables
It’s not something we think about often, but all of New Zealand’s overseas internet traffic comes via cables like those as well. And in our case, it’s just two: the Tasman 2 Cable to Australia, and the Southern Cross Cable to the United States and Australia.
Thousands and thousands of gigabytes every hour, every day. Over just two cables. One of which was laid before the invention of the first real web browser and at the debut of Windows 3.1.
Just two cables. That doesn’t allow much room for error. By contrast, the west coast of the United States alone is serviced by 14.
And what does that mean for you? Well, if your business relies on links to overseas data centres – say, for your files, or your critical apps – then if anything happens to those cables, you could find it hard to operate.
That’s why for those purposes, it’s best to keep your files and your apps right here in New Zealand. There’s much greater redundancy if anything goes wrong with a connection.
Our cloud services are NZ-based – so we don’t rely on those cables
Our cloud services don’t need those two cables, because our data centres are both right here in New Zealand: in Auckland and Christchurch. Both are highly secure. Both have multiple internet connections and backup power.
So if you rely on your hosted files and apps, choose a provider with New Zealand data centres. We can guarantee that if you’re with us, your data will be right at home here in New Zealand.