Government adopts The Cloud

Steven Raeburn| Thedrum

The Federal Government has published its National Strategy for Cloud Computing at the CeBIT Conference in Sydney. In a statement, the Federal Government said the strategy outlined the government’s vision for using the cloud to boost innovation and productivity across Australia’s digital economy.

“Cloud computing is fundamentally changing the way we think about technology — it allows software and data storage to be delivered online and be consumed as services, on demand, across your computer, tablet and smart phone,” the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy said.

The launch of the strategy permits the allocation of some of the annual $5 billion spend on ICT to be applied to cloud services and for new information technology purchases.

“Cloud computing gives us the anywhere, anytime technology that will help Australia to foster innovation and boost productivity,” Conroy said.

“Labor’s National Broadband Network will revolutionise access to the cloud. The NBN’s fast download, and most importantly, upload capacity mean Australians can use applications in the cloud quickly and reliably.

“Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull are planning to borrow $29.5 billion dollars for a broadband plan that doesn’t even provide a guaranteed upload speed and won’t support Australia’s current and future broadband needs.

“Without Labor’s NBN, cloud computing cannot reach its full potential in Australia, which would leave us behind the rest of the world.”

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