Canberra based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) company Cloud Central has launched its beta service before starting its full paid service next year. According to this CRN report Cloud Central will be one of a handful of Australian companies, and the only in the ACT, offering cloud compute resources. Based on Xen virtualisation (Yuk! Give me VMware any day), HP & Sun hardware, and located in the TransACT data centre (spitting distance from RiotACT) in the heart of Canberra, government agencies would be likely targets.
I’m not sure many government agencies are ready to see their most confidential and critical data hosted on a commercial cloud, intermingled with an assortment of other data and services. I expect in the near future some government agencies will be convinced (coerced) into a whole of government cloud, within a government data centre. Anyway, I guess we’ll see how many dip their toes into the water as this particular cloud precipitates in the new year.