The Australian government has unveiled its cloud computing strategy.
Unlike the US and UK governments, it has not insisted that departments use cloud computing services by default. Instead, the strategy calls on departments to "consider" the use of cloud where possible, and to move public-facing websites on to cloud hosting services "where those services represent the best value for money".
"Some commentators may wish to see the government take a more aggressive stance but, given … the early stage of “cloud-first" strategies elsewhere, I believe the Australian government has taken a smart direction," he wrote today.
"At the very least it sets a clear direction and is a good start," says Ovum. "As always, what matters now is implementation."