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Australia - Cloud Computing

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Already more than a decade ago BuddeComm started talking about the great potential of Application Service Providers (ASPs) but, together with the data centres, they were dunked in the dotcom crisis. Even then we indicated that the concept was sound and that it had great potential.

Now over a decade later they are back, but this time under the name of cloud computing. This term describes the shift towards providing data processing, communications and software services to a customer’s location from a variety of different places.

The development of cloud computing takes the form of a business transition and company strategies and policies will need to be changed before its potential can be monetised by businesses. A key factor here is that organisations will have to lift ICT from the level of an infrastructure issue to that of a business opportunity. Cloud computing will need to be seen as a valuable business tool – one that will differentiate the company from others.

However, in order to successfully implement cloud computing far more robust infrastructure is required than what currently is available. The NBN will provides that robust infrastructure needed for high-speed information processing, distributed computing as well as many other applications that can be processed, analysed and managed – all in real time over a cloud computer based IT platform..Security will be crucial and far more attention needs to be given to ensure that these new large-scale developments are properly protected. This is of national importance. So while cloud computing will have a golden future its implementation will be more gradual over a larger number of years.

Companies covered:

Telstra, Optus, Macquarie Telecom, MYOB, CSIRO, NBNCo,

Key Developments:

Internet of Things, M2M, sensors network, smart grids, information processing, NBN, Cloud Computing, smart cities, business opportunities, sector transformation, data centres, VAS, Unified communications, UC

1. Synopsis
2. Introduction
3. New ICT platform
4. Market Statistics and Surveys
4.1 Cloud now a commodity for enterprises
4.2 The unstoppable cloud force
4.3 Australia ranked No 2 in world for cloud computing policies
4.4 Virtual Private Cloud Services Market
4.5 Growth predictions - 2016
4.6 Survey on cloud solutions
4.7 Cloud survey
4.8 SMBs and cloud computing
4.9 SMBs spend $865mil on cloud
4.10 Outsourcing gathers steam
4.11 Revenue set to quadruple
4.12 Cloud computing could boost GDP by $3bn
4.13 Business processing outsourcing
4.14 Analytics essential for customer management
4.15 Video-conferencing moving into the cloud
5. Government and cloud computing
5.1 Federal Government early adopter
5.2 National cloud computing strategy
5.3 Cloud rules for offshore storage of government data
6. Consumers and the cloud
6.1 Most Australians already using the cloud
6.2 Consumer security issues
6.3 Code of conduct development for cloud consumers
7. Trends and Developments
7.1 Amazon Web Services
7.2 CSIRO and big data
7.3 Classrooms in the cloud
7.4 Unified Communications moving into the Cloud
8. Business issues
8.1 New Security Challenges for IT
8.2 Cloud computing requires business strategies
8.3 Cloud computing in the trans-sector context
8.4 Cloud brokerage and other business opportunities
9. Major Operators
9.1 Overview of cloud service providers
9.2 Optus launches cloud computing for businesses
9.3 Telstra
9.3.1 Analysis of Telstra’s cloud coup
9.3.2 Clayton cloud centre
9.3.3 International cloud services
9.4 NBN Co
9.5 Macquarie Telecom Enterprise cloud
10. Cloud Computing – case study BuddeComm
11. M2M and The Internet of Things - separate report
12. Data Centres - separate report
13. The Cloud Computing Revolution (Separate Report)
14. Other Reports
Table 1 – Percentage of Australian businesses that use video-conferencing by industry segment (2011)
Table 2 - Government Cloud Computing examples
Exhibit 1 - Cloud Principles

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