Canberra cloud readying to envelop world

Kramer 14 December 2009 9

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.

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9 Responses to Canberra cloud readying to envelop world
natecv8 natecv8 8:04 pm 15 Dec 09

VMWare? Are you serious?

Xen is almost certainly the right technology for IAAS. VMWare is expensive, cumbersome and less flexible. Linux paravirtualisation under Xen is very efficient and you can squeeze a lot of performance out of a Xen host. Plus you don’t have to pay a ton for useful stuff like “vmotion” which Xen just does without making a big song and dance about it.

Ask Amazon if they would consider VMWare and they would laugh at you…

sloppery sloppery 4:22 pm 15 Dec 09

molongloid said :

That’s bull. The company I work for is ACT-based and has been offering cloud to clients for over 2 years.

Got any federal clients? Handle any classified data?

Just curious, not looking for names.

artuoui artuoui 2:54 pm 15 Dec 09

So that’s what you guys were spitting at.

molongloid molongloid 2:27 pm 15 Dec 09

That’s bull. The company I work for is ACT-based and has been offering cloud to clients for over 2 years.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 1:14 pm 15 Dec 09

I understood all the words in the OP, but unfortunately not in that order.

eyeLikeCarrots eyeLikeCarrots 10:05 am 15 Dec 09

They can have my data…. after they pry it out of my cold, dead hands.

sloppery sloppery 8:38 am 15 Dec 09

Federal government isn’t allowed to use cloud computing in this manner for anything classified above UNCLASSIFIED, unless they get a formal waiver or dispensation from their department head. Of course, it could be targetted at non government clients (yes, they do exist).

josh josh 1:44 am 15 Dec 09

cool ad. maybe next time they’ll learn to spell in their logo/tagline.

I guess it is beta after all.

Deano Deano 1:14 am 15 Dec 09

That would be the TransACT data centre which experienced another power outage recently?

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