A contractor slicing through a fibre cable in Sydney slowed internet significantly from a number of ISPs here in New Zealand. While frustrating for home users, it could be a lot worse for businesses.
If you were online last night, you may well have struck some noticeably slower internet speeds.
It wasn’t heavy traffic in your neighbourhood. It wasn’t your kids downloading anything. It wasn’t even anything that happened here in New Zealand.
It’s all because a digger cut through multiple fibre cables in Sydney.
So why on earth would that be a problem all the way over here?
Well, that one incident stopped internet traffic between Australia and New Zealand for a number of ISPs, who together provide broadband to 196,000 New Zealand customers. That also included all their traffic from and to Asia.
Anything that came from that side of the world was forced to re-route the other way, going the long way around to Los Angeles, and then across the one underwater Pacific cable.
That meant anything that would usually come from Australia or Asia had to go a lot further than normal, which made it a lot slower.
To anyone accessing websites hosted overseas, this was a real frustration. In some cases, it was like heading back to dial-up speeds—but even worse, because websites and web services are now built for broadband!
But for businesses with systems and files stored on overseas servers, it’s an even bigger problem. If you’re hosted overseas, and one of those two undersea cables loses connectivity, you may as well shut up shop until it’s fixed.
And it’s the kind of problem that last happened in Australia only about six months ago.
Relying on overseas cloud providers is a real risk
Hosting your data overseas has big risks attached. You’re more susceptible to problems like this one in Australia. And if either of our two (only two!) underwater internet cables is damaged, then it’ll send your system to a crawl.
Choosing a New Zealand cloud provider lowers your risk significantly
While accidents closer to home could still affect your performance, internet traffic is much easier to reroute within a country: there’s a lot more redundancy, a lot more alternative routes.
Plus there are a lot of other advantages to choosing a New Zealand cloud provider, such as no data sovereignty issues, generally faster performance, and easy local support and advice (though do make sure your provider is actually New Zealand-based!).
We don’t just say this because all our cloud services are New Zealand-based. It’s the other way around: we choose to host our cloud services here because we know it’s the best way to help kiwi businesses.
So don’t let your business fall prey to international internet troubles. If you’re moving to the cloud, or you’re hosted overseas, come on over to us. With us, your data is 100% here at home in New Zealand.