Has NZ missed the cloud computing opportunity??

In the first ever Cloudcamp that I attended, I made the statement that unless New Zealand got to grips with cloud computing, the 34 000 ICT professionals were in significant trouble.

I also put out the challenge, that Cloud computing represented a huge opportunity for NZ Inc . Cloud computing made our geographic isolation irrelevant, it also represented an opportunity to break our dependence on the primary sector…

Fast forward two years (that Cloudcamp was August 2009), and I couldn’t help but notice three internet articles pointing to the same thing. All from very different sources.

  • Firstly Bernard Hickey looked at the economy and said ‘stop borrowing and start retaining our assets’.  He shows quite clearly that our Gross Net Income (GNI) is falling.
  • Secondly Lance Wiggs wrote up his take on the Nethui.  There are 10 points here which i’m going to summarise as ‘things have improved, we have lots of potential to build a knowledge economy, but we have a long ways to go”
  • Finally Sir Paul Callaghan spoke at about building sustainable economic growth in New Zealand, in an outstanding presentation he summarily dismissed some long entrenched myths, and challenged NZ build another 100 technology companies (17mins) …and have them STAY New Zealand owned (which circles back to Bernard’s post)…

So my question is…what is going on out there in NZ relating to cloud computing? How are we either planning or actively taking advantage of this opportunity? What more can be done??

3 thoughts on “Has NZ missed the cloud computing opportunity??

  1. How much cloud computing infrastructure do we need to have physically located in New Zealand to achieve this?

    Whatever the number is, it is way greater than what we have at present. Fibre networks will help, but I see the need for more locally owned and operated data centres. It would be even better if they could be green — designed to use renewable power.

    Are there any New Zealand-owned companies with the capacity to build them?

    • Why data centers Bill? Not being flippant. I understand the requirement for physical infrastructure to run stuff, but I hope my message (echoing that of Sir Paul) was what are we doing that is different, globally marketable and sustainable… I would contend that Datacenters aren’t the space to do that…. something smart in the DC maybe…

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