Even without that certification programme in place however the Government plans to go to the market in June seeking expressions of interest from cloud services vendors to be on its “multi-use list”. Instead of a full blown panel approach, agencies will be able to quickly access cloud services if the vendor they want to use is on the list according to Mr Archer.
He said that the Government planned to have the list live and ready for use by October.
While it continues to move ahead with its great cloud adventure, Agimo is simultaneously considering whether or not it needs to “revisit and refresh” the focus of its current cloud computing policy.
Speaking at Cebit’s cloud computing conference in Sydney today, Mr Archer said that as the Government moved its focus away from tactical cloud deployments to a more strategic approach it might be necessary to review the policy. He said the Government would address the question fully later this year, and if necessary produce a revised policy later this or next year.
At present he said that Government was very much on track with its three phase cloud computing plans. Although the operational guide had yet to be released Agimo has released guides on security, records management, financial, legal and privacy issues he said.