This week in Australian CIO blogs


blog Australia’s chief information officers are a busy lot — when they’re not revamping the entire IT infrastructure for their company, tinkering with their iPad or chinwagging at Gartner conferences, they’re blogging.

Over the past week or so there have been a number of blog posts by Australian CIOs which stuck out. Perhaps the most noteworthy has been an ongoing series by Ingenero IT manager Steve Berg, who’s continuing to write about cloud computing:

I have begun researching Cloud Computing vendors that host infrastructure as a service solutions (IaaS) to examine the validity of migrating traditional IT Infrastructure services (and applications) into the Cloud.

Over the next few weeks I plan on detailing my journey and discoveries of IaaS and whether I feel a traditional IT department could leverage a solution like AWS, Rackspace or Azure. I plan on getting my head around the concerns listed above and will walk you through the solutions of each vendor I examine.

We recommend you check out Berg’s ongoing series:

Over at Macquarie University, CIO Marc Bailey is discussing the differences between products and projects in terms of how the university works internally. We can’t pretend to understand all of what Bailey is talking about here — looks like more of an internally focused post.

And last, but definitely not least, Altium CIO Alan Perkins responds to those who criticise cloud vendors for warning about private cloud ( talks about this a lot):

The term ‘cloud’ was adopted to demonstrate the fundamental differences gained by abstracting the hardware out of the picture. DIY is DIY, and some things should not be tried at home, unless you REALLY have a phenomenal driver of life and death importance to segregate and isolate.

Fighting words, but then Perkins is walking the walk — Altium’s getting some solid benefits from cloud computing right now, and it’s hard to argue with that.

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