Cloud computing to be a boon in Australia, communications minister says

Small businesses in Australia are integral components of the South Pacific nation’s drive toward cloud computing, the country’s top communications official said, according to a published report.

Malcolm Turnbull, minister of federal communications, released guides that aim to facilitate the process of adopting and deploying cloud services by small businesses, ZDNet reports. Posted on the division’s website, the new guidelines are applicable to existing standards and regulations regarding cloud computing services in the country.

He said there is an oncoming “cloud revolution” that will be popular in the country and he pointed to a consultancy stating the innovative technological practice will boost the regional economy.

“The guides … will assist Australian small businesses to be part of this revolution. They cover a range of topics from questions to ask your cloud provider, to legal issues to consider in the cloud,” the communications minister said in a statement posted to the unit’s website. “Cloud computing is already proving to be revolutionary for small businesses, as it significantly lowers cost barriers to ICT adoption.”

WhaTech reports cloud computing figures in Australia rose significantly last year and are continuing this year as well. Businesses are poised to capitalize on the benefits of the innovative technology as far as growth opportunities and competitive advantages are concerned.

The communications ministry noted that some other nations’ cloud computing growth is more rapid than that of Australia.

But the new regulations aim to spur growth so that the nation can pick up and see growth develop, the news source reports.

International consultancy KPMG projected the nation’s growth can be as much as $3.2 billion per year in Australian currency, the communications minister said.

One area that the ministry can encourage is other regions of the government to benefit from the innovative technological advances that cloud computing offers, given those other components are lagging.