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Australia to become APAC Cloud hub?

Tim Lohman | Nov. 4, 2011
The dream of Australia becoming an Asia-Pacific Cloud computing hub could become a reality, but hinges on having a well-designed regulatory and policy environment and overcoming cost challenges, a new report argues

"Indeed Australian governments should be prepared to import Cloud services from any country that gives them similar confidence and that will mutually recognise our own offerings to them."

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The report follows a year of major advancement in domestic Cloud services -- particularly those seeking to capture a share of the government sector.

In June, Australian Government chief information officer, Anne Steward, pointed to the lack of a common definition of what constitutes a 'Cloud' service -- rather than issues of regulation -- as being one of the major reasons government agencies had yet to come up with a common federal Cloud strategy.

The same month HP Australia began gunning for public sector data in a big way with the launch of its Government Secure Cloud Services -- a range of hybrid Cloud offerings including software as service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service and storage and database management.

Earlier in the year, Telstra said government departments at all levels had jumped at the chance to consult and trial Telstra's Cloud infrastructure, with up to 10 individual agencies identified as potential clients.

The current regulatory regime has also not muffled the explosion in data centres being either announced or built across the country during 2011.


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