blog It looks like those hoping Microsoft will build an Australian datacentre to host Windows Azure applications or Office 365 services might be hoping in vain. Yesterday, the software behemoth’s Australian chief technology officer Greg Stone reportedly told CIO Magazine (click here for the full article) that such a move just wasn’t possible. Stone said:
“We’re not at the point now where the business can sustain us making a significant investment in Australia to put something like a public cloud of that nature here because it doesn’t make any economic sense, particularly if we want to deliver it at the price point comparative.”
Our only question for Microsoft is … if Salesforce.com, Amazon, Oracle, Fujitsu, CSC, Telstra, Optus, HP, Dell and more can establish cloud computing facilities in Australia, and even startups like Ninefold can afford to do so, what’s stopping Microsoft? Is there something special about Microsoft that makes it different from other companies? Or is the company’s reluctance to build a cloud computing facility in Australia simply because it hasn’t examined the case closely enough?