The Australian Government intends to certify cloud computing providers for a whole-of-Government procurement panel to help its agencies mitigate the many risks of migrating workloads to the cloud.
In a wide-reaching draft strategy paper released late Friday, the Department of Finance and Regulation outlined plans to allow agencies to “choose cloud based services if they demonstrate value for money and are adequately secure”.
The document [PDF] laid out a timetable for how Finance would allow agencies to adopt cloud services over the next 12 months. The Department intended to retain a central capacity to approve or deny migration projects according to potential risks and benefits.
“Agencies will be required to notify Finance when considering cloud-based services to inform possible whole of government approaches,” the paper said.
The timetable included in the draft strategy paper included the following goals:
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