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AUCloud celebrates with VMware Cloud Verified recognition

AUCloud team celebrates as we receive our VMware Cloud Verified plaque.

Cloud Verified status signals to customers that AUCloud offers a service running on top of the complete VMware Cloud infrastructure. Through Cloud Verified partner services, customers attain access to the full set of VMware Cloud Infrastructure capabilities including integration and interoperability, cost optimization and flexibility.

 Achieving the stringent technical standards of VMware Cloud Verified status is a key strategic milestone for AUCloud as there are only a limited number of providers with this achievement globally.

Phil Dawson Managing Director of AUCloud with VMware Cloud plaque.

AUCloud takes the stage at Technology in Government Expo

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.



AUCloud takes prime location at Technology in Government Expo

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:

  • Confirmation from discussions on the stand of the importance of sovereignty to data security;
  • The value placed by (almost) everyone on the economic well-being of the nation of Australian owned, tax-paying, job-creating ambitious technology partners; and
  • The increasing interest in true cloud solutions.

AUCloud develops software solution to enable Quantum Quality Key Generation for customers

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 announces recognition as a Cisco Master Partner for Cloud and Managed Services.

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.


AUCloud Managing Director, Phil Dawson talks at CISCO Live March 2019

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.


Data Sovereignty and the Cloud: Protecting Critical Data in Australia

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.

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