Cost savings too large to ignore.
A task force set up to investigate cloud computing for the federal Australian Government has found that the growth of cloud computing is “inevitable” and “probably unstoppable” because of the significant cost savings.
“The growth of cloud computing is inevitable and inexorable… The Task Force considers that the cost advantages available under cloud computing are so large that Cloud is probably unstoppable,” it said.
The task force report’s central recommendation was for the highest levels of Australian Government to publicly acknowledge the benefits of cloud computing and speed up its adoption by government agencies and private enterprise.<!–:sh–>The GAP Task Force on Cloud Computing<!–sh:–>was a cross-disciplinary group established in 2010 by public policy network Global Access Partners (GAP) in collaboration with the Australian Government’s Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
It added that cloud computing “reduces the time to establish computer support systems for activities as diverse as a research project, a technology start-up company, or a new government service from months to days or even just a few hours.
“However, the real power of Cloud computing arises from developing new systems, rather than simply shifting legacy systems to the Cloud without doing any further work.”
The report noted that the combined force of cloud computing and the National Broadband Network would bring about transformational change to the Australian economy and society.
The report predicted that small business would embrace cloud computing to reap cost savings promised by vendors but “in many instances may be ill prepared to do so in an informed and considered fashion”.
The report suggested that government could play a useful role in raising awareness and educating the small business community about the possibilities of cloud computing, as well as its possible risks.
The report recommended that the Australian Government take a leadership role by acting as an “anchor tenant” to encourage the adoption of cloud computing solutions in Australia.
Some other facts revealed in the report were that 80 percent of the Australian Taxation Office’s internet traffic already used cloud computing to store citizen data behind government firewalls.
The report mentioned that the US Government has adopted a Cloud First policy in which federal agencies were required to default to cloud-based solutions where “a secure, reliable, cost effective cloud option exists”.