While making it clear that "We're not trying to promote the idea that everything goes in the cloud," Rocky Heckman, technical evangelist at Microsoft, pointed out that most CIOs have to accommodate workloads that are inherently short term (eg, processing associated with Federal elections), fast growing (eg, at startup companies), or subject to predictable or unpredictable bursting.
Those workloads, he said, are suited to cloud deployment.
The problem - from some organisations' perspective - is that all of Microsoft's Azure infrastructure is located outside Australia.
For example, it is permissible under the Privacy Act as long as the provider complies with Australian regulations. (Microsoft's data centres are run more securely than all Australian data centres bar one, he claimed.)
And if the concern is about access by governments, he pointed out that Australian providers are able to voluntarily allow law enforcement agencies to access your data based solely on "reasonable belief," whereas a court order is required for such access in the US.