by Nicole Brizuela
Cloud technology has a number of significant benefits for business users, allowing them to leverage shared infrastructure that may otherwise be out of reach to many SME’s, while sharing the investment in the underlying IT resources among other end users. In other words, embracing the benefits of economies of scale.
In many circumstances, cloud computing resources are provided by a third party organisation over a wide?area network, cloud computing is similar to an electric power utility. The providers are able to reduce individual usage costs and centralise infrastructure costs. End users pay for what they consume and have the unique ability to increase or decrease their usage in accordance with their needs. Cloud users are also able to reduce the amount of time required to manage their IT resources and instead are able to invest more time in managing their core business.
Australian cloud service providers also maintain a number of other strategic advantages for businesses looking to move to a cloud environment, particularly when compared to neighboring countries in the Asia Pacific region. These advantages include the fact that Australia is a safe and secure destination for hosting cloud data, both in terns of it’s geographic and geological stability as well as the strict regulatory and policy environment that governs the provision of such services.
Australia also provides a number of other significant advantages including a reliable and competitive energy supply, access to a plethora of renewable energy resources and a highly educated, highly skilled and innovative workforce to manage the provision of cloud services.
The Australian Government’s investment in the National Broadband Network will also greatly enhance available bandwidths, improve connectivity, reliability and network options.