File Transfers--Year of the Internet?
Internet Forecast: A "White House" View
In 1999, graphic arts professionals will witness a range of exciting new developments related to the Internet and printing. Patrick White, founder of DAX and a major proponent of the Internet, shared the following predictions for file transfer and the Internet with Printing Impressions.
* Backbone capacity will continue to explode. Major players such as MCI WorldCom, Quest, AT&T and others will continue to invest in Internet backbone capacity. The result? Improved transfer rates for all types of data, from e-mails to large graphic arts files.
* Fast Internet access will become affordable for smaller companies. DSL, ISDN and, to some degree, cable modems will continue to be deployed—allowing many smaller printers to afford faster digital connections to the Internet. Printers will be able to send and receive larger files in smaller time frames, while having the benefit of a dual-use system that can handle e-mail, Web browsing, Web hosting and other core Internet services, in addition to digital courier capabilities.
* T-1 will continue to be the dominant form of Internet access for larger shops. Limitations regarding DSL (distance to phone company central office, limited number of IP addresses per site) will make it a good choice for some small- to mid-size printers, but not realistic for the largest shops. These firms will continue to rely on powerful T-1 connections to the Internet.
* T-1 local loop access pricing will continue to drop. As phone companies see competition from "alternative access providers," as well as from new forms of Internet access, they will keep dropping prices to keep T-1 services affordable. This is good news for all the medium- to large-size shops that need the fastest access possible.
* Workflow solutions will develop based on Internet collaboration. Look for hot, new tools by mid-year that will change the dynamic away from point-to-point transfers and toward multi-point, intelligent collaboration solutions. Think of it as a simplified version of asset management systems, residing in the Internet, focused on helping teams share files with each other and manage the complexities of live printing projects.