Cloud adoption has reached a tipping point, with four in five large Australian companies using or planning to use the technology for mission-critical applications, a survey suggests.
IBM has announced an expansion of its global cloud computing network to 40 cloud centres with 12 new locations to help enterprise clients move to hybrid cloud computing.
Microsoft will start hosting its cloud-based Office 365 and Dynamics CRM suites in Australian data centres from March next year and has added more local partners to its network of providers.
Dimension Data has established the Canberra Managed Cloud Platform, purpose built for Australian Government agencies, and the Department of Finance has signed on to use it.
The NSW Government agency FRNSW has tapped IBM to deploy an as-a-service based IT delivery platform over IBM Cloud infrastructure on the dedicated NSW Government Data Centre.
The first Australian government website has been onboarded onto the dedicated govCMS platform, a Drupal-based content management system.
Telstra will host VMware's vCloud Air platform on its Australian data centres in a bid to make it easier for companies to adopt dedicated and hybrid cloud services.
Responding to recent price cuts from rivals AWS and Microsoft, Google has announced sweeping price reductions to its own cloud services while also introducing new features and enhancements.
Australian finance managers generally agree that their department's information management and analytics processes can be improved, but have so far been slow to turn to the cloud for a solution.
Data-intensive applications are stimulating spending on cloud services among Australian organisations, particularly IaaS and SaaS, according to Frost & Sullivan.
An estimated 86% of Australian companies adopted cloud in some shape or form in 2013, according to IDC. But most are doing so in piece-meal fashion, resulting in an accidental cloud architecture that makes doing business much harder and more fragmented.
New cloud providers, builders and aggregators have signed on for Cisco's project to build an internet-scale network of connected clouds.
IBM will switch on its first Australian SoftLayer data centre in Melbourne next month as part of its US$1.2 billion ($1.29 billion) investment in its global cloud services capacity.
Australian credit-reporting company Veda has awarded IBM a five-year outsourcing contract in anticipation of the new computing power required to respond to new industry regulations.
Technology powerhouse Hewlett-Packard has revealed its plans for the groundbreaking Helion portfolio with the announcement of US$1bn investment in Cloud Computing.