AUCloud’s Managing Director, Phil Dawson provides an overview of AUCloud’s business.
AUCloud Brad Bastow (CTO) and Steve Clarke (Head Applications Development) took to the Technology in Government Expo Theatre stage to lay down the challenge regarding the current focus on cable colours in a micro-service, containerised world of digital application.
Brad and Steve made the point that secure application development is inherent across AUCloud’s application design, development and integration processes. World-leading IaaS automation and orchestration practices engineered into the AUCloud platform, underpin system security, reliability, stability, and resilience from the outset.
Taking prime position at the Technology in Government Expo in Canberra this week, AUCloud made its presence felt like a relative newcomer to the market.
As well as sharing the Expo Theatre stage to talk about the critical importance of Secure Application Development, AUCloud used the opportunity to receive their Master Partner for Cloud and Managed Services certificate from Claudine Beltrami, CISCO Regional Manager for Federal Government.
A couple of key takeaways from the day:
AUCloud‘s commitment to sovereign security continues with the development of a software solution that our customers can use to extract and manage quantum generated keys for quantum quality encryption.
Integrating QuintessenceLabs’ QCrypt hardware security module, AUCloud‘s technical team has integrated a market differentiating quantum quality key generation capability that enables a customer to easily create, retrieve and manage keys through their life-cycle.
AUCloud is excited to announce that we have been awarded status as a Cisco Master Partner for Cloud and Managed Services.
Elevation of AUCloud into the exclusive group of CISCO Master Specialised Partners recognises our in-depth technology skills and demonstrated success in supporting high-risk and complex business and technology projects – specifically in Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). This is a significant achievement. It follows a rigorous certification process in which AUCloud demonstrated it’s ability to develop, deliver, manage and support CISCO based cloud and managed service solutions. Importantly, Master Partner for Cloud and Managed Services status endorses the confidence that CISCO has in standing behind AUCloud’s sovereign cloud IaaS and DRaaS offerings which we provide to the Australian Government and Critical National Infrastructure communities.
AUCloud is honoured to achieve this recognition – an achievement that reflects the meticulous professional standards and personal commitments of the whole AUCloud team.
In March 2019 Phil Dawson, Managing Director of AUCloud participated in an on-stage live conversation at CISCO Live in Melbourne. The session focused on the latest innovations to help transform infrastructure to securely interconnect workloads and data, enable agile app deployments, and staying ahead of infrastructure demands by extending automation across multicloud environments.
Phil talks about the use of CISCO kit to support AUCloud’s sovereign, multi-tenanted IaaS and specifically use of automation and orchestration to drive efficiency and quality performance.
Independently certified, owned, managed, and operated in Australia by Australian citizens, AUCloud is the nation’s sovereign cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider. It services the country’s government agencies as well as enterprises that must maintain and protect sensitive information. The company operates from datacenters in Canberra and Eastern Creek (Sydney) that are independently accredited to host highly classified data for the Australian government.
We connected with Brad Bastow, AUCloud’s first CTO and former CTO of Australia’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, to learn what organizations must keep in mind when considering the public cloud and the evolving data sovereignty landscape.
Q: What is the importance behind having access to a sovereign IaaS provider?
We believe it is vital that consumers of our services be assured that we are a safe haven for critically sensitive data. Protection underpins the smooth and safe operation of our economy and is crucial to ensure the wellbeing and safety of our citizens.
Australia has specific guidelines related to the consumption of cloud services by federal government agencies. AUCloud’s services are built from the ground up with compliance requirements incorporated into our technical and operational controls from the outset. This can be demonstrated by our Australian Sovereignty — our guarantee that data hosted in our cloud neverleaves Australia . All of our operational staff are also Australian security cleared.
Q: What are the most pressing risks when it comes to the cloud and the sovereignty of data?
Having led major adoptions of public clouds for several government departments, my advice is to be wary of the controls you must implement to secure data hosted in a public cloud in order to meet demanding security requirements.
Many cloud providers typically offer their services to everyone — from online dating sites to healthcare services and fashion retailers. While security is a necessary burden, or sometimes an afterthought for some of these entities, for government agencies, data security is paramount.
When using some of these services you will invariably need to wrap additional security services around your public cloud deployment to meet the regulatory and security requirements of your jurisdiction. This may include encryption at-rest, multifactor authentication, and network traffic protection. These additional services are not free and require a significant administrative burden to manage and maintain.
For many public cloud services, it is also difficult to know where services are hosted, as well as if and what metadata leaves the local datacenter. It is precisely for this reason that the sovereignty of services should be a fundamental consideration for any cloud project. It is also why AUCloud services are built to comply with government security requirements without the need for additional controls.
Q: Why is it important that AUCloud be VMware Cloud Verified?
There are three reasons. First, because the majority of on-premises workloads in our federal government are already hosted on vSphere, vCloud Director enables us to provide a seamless path to hybrid cloud, test/dev deployments, disaster recovery, and backup. Agencies are working with products they are familiar with and comfortable using.
Second, by employing the rich API library provided by vCloud Director, we can expose these APIs and enable our customers to deploy true infrastructure as code.
Finally, we value the extensibility of vCloud Director. Our soon-to-be deployed second iteration of Container Service Extensions for vCloud will allow our customers to consume and manage Kubernetes clusters on AUCloud. Using vCloud Director we help our customers manage the risks associated with transitioning to the cloud, without compromising the future proofing of their transition approach.
Learn more about AUCloud and its partnership with VMware here.
AUCloud and Quant Network are pleased to announce a formal partnership to apply the world’s first Blockchain Operating System to sovereign cloud computing creating greater security and functionality for Australian government, defence and critical national industry. This Blockchain as a Service will overcome the current siloed design of deploying multiple blockchain systems, creating an easy to use and more secure set of national capabilities.
Scott Wilkie, Director of AUCloud stated that Australian Government, Department of Defence and major industries are using or testing blockchain to interact with their supply chain, critical infrastructure, national record keeping and financial services. These organisations require the interoperable functionality that can only come with an operating system like Overledger and the security of the leading sovereign Australian cloud platform. Without Overledger, none of these projects or systems will be able to communicate with each other or enable cross party collaboration.
Gilbert Verdian, Founder and CEO of Quant Network additionally noted “we have been working with AUCloud for more than year on how best to integrate our Blockchain Operating System onto the AUCloud platform to provide highly secure and interoperable Blockchain-as-a-Service for Australian Government and Defence and the critical national industries and supply chains that serve the nation. The idea for Overledger stemmed from the challenges faced while working in senior roles across definitive projects for both the UK and Australian Governments and subsequently led to founding the Blockchain ISO Standard TC307 in 2016.”
The key areas of focus for the partnership are to remove today’s complexity with blockchains, providing choice, flexibility and an interoperable cloud platform to:
Brad Bastow, CTO AUCloud (previously CTO Department of the Prime Minster & Cabinet) stated that “applying world leading blockchain technologies to enhancing the cyber security of cloud IaaS and PaaS can significantly improve the ease of adoption and reduces risks for all government users and citizens. We aim to bring the most effective and assured technologies as-a-Service and Quant Network have some of the most advanced blockchain technology in the world in this respect.”
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