Cloud Computing in Australia, the 2013 Edition

Cloud computing has naturally made the lists of 2013 technology predictions floating around the web. But how will organisations in Australia specifically be affected by this transformative technology? Here are a few happenings and trends the Australian enterprise might see when it comes to cloud computing in the new year.

Moving off-premise for cloud computing

Will nearly 80 per cent of Australian organisations having some portions of their onsite servers virtualised, it makes sense that many businesses have held on to their on-premises “mini-clouds” for this long. But technology industry analysts predict 2013 will be the year organisations finally start moving some of this infrastructure offsite, with Infrastructure-as-a- Service (IaaS) spending to reach $385 million — an increase of 55 per cent — in Australia, according to Gartner. With managed cloud services providing one option, moving to off-premise means organisations can take advantage of lower monthly costs, streamlined IT and on-demand, rapidly scalable resources.

The National Broadband Network meets cloud services

The NBN’s roll-out of hotspots around Australia combined with cloud services in these areas can enable a faster and more accessible cloud computing experience for organisations large and small. While the NBN timeline might be affected by the 2013 political landscape, the continued movement toward a full-scale, national rollout will ultimately let organisations tap into a more vast amount and array of data through cloud services. Adoption rates for cloud computing will only soar, and organisations will be able to choose the different cloud models that best suit them.

Continued interest in cloud services for government

Events like the third annual Cloud Computing Forum taking place next month in Canberra represent government’s increased interest in the potential of cloud services. It was only in mid-2011 that the Department of Finance and Deregulation released its Cloud Computing Strategic Direction Paper, which painted a very wary government stance on adopting the technology. As these and successive guidelines are transformed into actual mandates, organisations around Australia may soon be able to have a clearer roadmap to cloud services that is formed by government-supported, industry-leading practices that address security and data sovereignty concerns. More concrete direction would also help in establishing Australia as a true leader in cloud computing.

What do you think 2013 will bring for cloud services in Australia?

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