The Government’s draft consultation paper into cloud computing is a good first step, but does not provide enough momentum or vision according to Ovum research director, Kevin Noonan.
The Department of Finance and Deregulation’sdraft cloud computing strategy aimed to provide a blueprint of where the Federal Government was heading in terms of hosting services and data in the cloud, rather than in traditional brick and mortar IT systems.
It claimed services could be provided on private cloud platforms within five years while “citizen information” could be placed on the public cloud within 10 years, or a private cloud within two years.
But Noonan said while the first step of outlining a vision was necessary, the Australian Government was falling behind when it came to moving to the cloud.
“It does very little to advance the Australian Government’s position compared to the rest of the world,” he said. “We started out being well behind and this doesn’t push us very far.
“Given the Government’s need to show more outcomes from the National Broadband Network, I would’ve expected more to push us towards an industry leading perspective.”
As a comparison, Noonan said the US Government had set clear directives to its public servants as well as timelines in a recently released strategy document. He added the UK Government had already been working on a cloud solution for over a year.
“The US Government put out a 25 point implementation plan…it said that the cloud would become the default position through what they’re calling a “Cloud First” policy,” he said.
But Noonan said there were departments within the Federal Government that were actively working towards a cloud, including the Australian Taxation Office, Department of Immigration and Citizenship as well as the Human Services portfolio.
Submissions to the Government about the paper will close on January 31, 2011. For more information, visit The Department of Finance and Deregulation.