Australia is leading the world in deployment of Cloud infrastructure, according to the Global Datacentre Census.
DatacenterDynamics intelligence forecasts that by end of 2014 almost 50 per cent of Australian organisations will be deploying and/or have already deployed some form of Cloud computing into their IT infrastructure, particularly in a hybrid version.
Based on last year's census, data deployment of Cloud infrastructure architecture grew from 17 per cent in 2011 to 45 per cent in 2014 compared to the global average which grew from 11 per cent in 2011 to 35 per cent in 2014.
That is 150 per cent growth in 3 years in Australia compared to 106 per cent globally.
Last year's Census also reported that Australia is one of the three most expensive markets in the world for datacentre operational costs.
According to DatacenterDynamics, a byproduct of increased rates of Cloud adoption are IT professionals and facility engineers now need to be fluent in networking, telecommunications and financial management to make informed decisions on how IT is to be deployed.
"With Cloud computing becoming more reliable, affordable and secure, the decisions on how enterprises invest and roll out IT services efficiently will rest on those with experience and knowledge of both IT and facilities," according to a statement.
On October 7, Melbourne will host Datacenter Dynamics' third Converged conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre.
The annual event will discuss and dissect the industry from the perspective of Cloud computing, software defined everything, server and rack technologies, as well as efficiencies in cooling, networks and power management.
This year's 20 speaker conference program will include a diverse range of speakers from NAB, Lonely Planet, Intel, Aptira, Australian Institute of Energy, Oracle, EY and OUA - representing a cross-section of industries from both the facility and IT side of the house.