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- Why Government IT Often Sucks And How To Fix It, By Malcolm Turnbull
- Why 'Cloud First' Is Harder Than It Sounds
- Microsoft Azure In Australia: How Much Extra You'll Pay
- All The Animals In The Azure Australia Assembly
- Australian Data Centres Embody Sydney-Melbourne Rivalry
- How Microsoft's Azure Outage Will Affect Its SLAs
Dimension Data today officially launched its Canberra managed cloud platform, which will provide a government-only cloud option for departments that need a high degree of data sovereignty. That gave Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull an opportunity to sound off on how governments could deliver IT services better — and he didn’t hold back.
The good news? Microsoft’s Australian Azure data centres in Sydney and Melbourne are finally open today. The bad news? You’ll pay extra to use them in many cases, and not every service is available at launch. Here’s what you need to know.
Microsoft’s Azure general manager Steven Martin swept through Australia yesterday and took time to brief media on the company’s local Azure plans. No further word on when the Sydney and Melbourne locations will finally open, but we did discover a surprising amount about the different animals you can reference when discussing Azure.
IBM’s AS/400 was first introduced way back in 1988, but a quarter of a century later, the midrange platform still plays a crucial role in IT for electronics retailer Dick Smith. Here’s how it plans to eventually get rid of the aging system and replace it with a cloud-centred platform using different best-of-breed components.
Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform is aimed at businesses of all sizes, but how does the tech giant use the service itself? During a recent media tour, Jon Ormond from Microsoft IT talked through some of the uses Microsoft’s internal IT department has found for Azure — and how shifting to the cloud could save it $US150 million.
Cloud computing has its roots in repetitive business and analytical processing, but as public cloud platforms mature, those resources are being used for an increasingly diverse range of tasks. Two recent examples highlight how cloud computing resources can be used to supplement local hardware for graphics-intensive tasks.