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Cloud Provider; Roadmap – Service Is Key!

(vh) Your Australian Cloud Provider

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I’d like to talk a little about what we do here. The ever-evolving role (vh) plays as an Australian Cloud Provider and where we are heading long term. The (vh) Road Map.

For a long time now our role has been dedicated to providing cloud services for Resellers & Tech Savvy B2B’s and over time our service offerings have been refined, consolidated and improved to help keep focus on delivering the best service model possible for our clients and their clients.

With the current adoption speed of Cloud Computing it’s easy to get lost in the void and be constantly compared to bigger providers and their service offerings. Let’s touch on a few points of difference between (vh) and our larger counterparts that will make you feel warm and fuzzy.

Australian Cloud Providers; Who’s a real Aussie?

There’s been a bit of talk in the media about overseas big players moving into the Australian Cloud Provider marketplace. Recently I read an interesting TechCompany article “How big is too big to fail for a cloud provider?” where they cover the growing area of cloud computing within Australia. The big players like Amazon and the new emerging Microsoft Azure offering, while in the same breath advising the Amazon business model is losing money and may become defunct in the near future.

They also take a swing at smaller Australian Cloud Providers. Why? To scare Australian businesses away from smaller providers who make the mistake of trying to compete with the Amazon model and fall over. Look out!

It’s amusing when reading some of these articles but in essence they do reference at least one good point and that’s selecting the right cloud provider – even if their presentation is a little dramatic to keep their readers engaged.

You should always make a conscious and informed decision when choosing your cloud provider. Take your time to research, make notes and ask questions to appease your conscience. Raise any concerns with all potential providers and make sure you tick all your boxes. Personally I like using a comparison spreadsheet so it’s all clearly laid out in front of me. From there it’s easy to make a good decision based on your key priorities and sleep well that night.

From there ask your chosen provider for a free demo or to trial the service before you make a commitment.

Amazon, Microsoft and Google are they real Australian companies?

Non Australian Cloud Providers

When using Amazon, Microsoft and Google where do you think the profits of the Big 3 go? I can assure you they’re not kept in Australia; even the amount of company tax they pay is less than any other true Australian company. Actions like these really make you think  where our government’s loyalty really lays Hockey backflips on tax laws to target multinational profit shifters. It’s really up to us to make a difference and support real Australian businesses.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t use their services, just take the time to look around and support local business with great customer support and ethics. The more local businesses you can support the better the Australian Cloud Provider offerings will become. And that’s great for everyone. Supporting local means more jobs, more money, data security within our own country, advancement of our industry, and betterment of your services.

Federal Government Supporting SME’s

Australian Government Department Of Finance supporting Australian Cloud Providers

Here’s one for the little guys. Recently the Australian Government Department Of Finance released a public tender offering that called for and specifically gave favour to smaller Australian Cloud Providers via the SME Participation Procurement Policy.

The SME Participation Procurement Policy outlines requirements for Australian Government ICT contracts valued $20 million and above to include, as a general rule, a minimum level of SME participation of 10 per cent of the contract value for ICT hardware procurements, and 20 per cent of the contract value for ICT services procurements.

What does that mean? It means there is a policy in place through government to help support Australian SME’s as they play a crucial role in employment and keeping profits here in Australia. Who are you supporting?

our next blog in this series we tackle “Why Bigger Doesn’t Always Mean Better

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gerardo

With over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, Gerardo Altman is a key solutions architect and MD of Velocity Host, an Australian-based IaaS - Infrastructure As A Service provider specialising in enterprise cloud solutions.