[LINK] Cloud Computing Services in Australia?

Bernard Robertson-Dunn brd at iimetro.com.au
Mon Nov 7 09:40:17 AEDT 2011

On 6/11/2011 6:24 PM, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> On 6/11/2011 9:51 AM, Tom Worthington wrote:
>> On 04/11/11 20:37, Graham Greenleaf wrote:
>>> Does anyone know of a recent Australian court decision making cloud
>>> computing service providers subject to Australian legislation, such
>>> as the Privacy Act?
>> Cloud computing is a new version of the 1960s computer "service bureau",
>> so wouldn't their legal precedents apply?
> Cloud computing is a vague term. There is little agreement amongst
> either vendors or users as to what it does or could mean.
> It would be dangerous to assume that it is just a new version of the
> 1960s service bureau.

For those with an interest in Cloud computing in the government 
environment, NIST is doing a lot of work.

 From this site:

Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network 
access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., 
networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be 
rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or 
service provider interaction. This cloud model promotes availability and 
is composed of five essential characteristics (On-demand self-service, 
Broad network access, Resource pooling, Rapid elasticity, Measured 
Service); three service models (Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS), 
Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS), Cloud Infrastructure as a Service 
(IaaS)); and, four deployment models (Private cloud, Community cloud, 
Public cloud, Hybrid cloud). Key enabling technologies include: (1) fast 
wide-area networks, (2) powerful, inexpensive server computers, and (3) 
high-performance virtualization for commodity hardware.

The "shared pool of configurable computing resources" aspect is way 
beyond the 1960s "service bureau" model.

NIST has just released a multi-volume draft roadmap. Links are on the 
NIST site.



Bernard Robertson-Dunn
Canberra Australia
email:   brd at iimetro.com.au
website: www.drbrd.com

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