Thursday, 07 May 2020 11:52

NZ cloud provider Catalyst welcomes Microsoft data centre move

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Bruno Lago: "If Microsoft does implement their intent to keep more kiwi data on-shore, we expect more companies to use Microsoft cloud applications as part of a multi-cloud strategy, in which they also choose another cloud computing provider, with Catalyst Cloud being the natural choice." Bruno Lago: "If Microsoft does implement their intent to keep more kiwi data on-shore, we expect more companies to use Microsoft cloud applications as part of a multi-cloud strategy, in which they also choose another cloud computing provider, with Catalyst Cloud being the natural choice." Supplied

New Zealand cloud provider Catalyst Cloud has welcomed the decision by Microsoft to open a cloud region in that country, claiming that the move justifies Catalyst's 2016 investment to create three cloud data centre regions in Aotearoa at a time when the NZ Productivity Commission doubted the country's business viability.

Catalyst Cloud managing director Bruno Lago pointed out that Microsoft could safely store data in New Zealand without it being subject to the onerous Australian encryption law that was passed in 2018.

"If Microsoft does in future hold data here, rather than in Australian data centres, it would then become protected from the recent Australian ‘encryption backdoor’ law, which forces ICT providers to compromise the safety of their software so the Australian Government can read data stored or transmitted by their customers," he said.

Microsoft announced the opening of its first data centre region in New Zealand on Wednesday.

In a statement, Vanessa Sorenson, general manager of Microsoft New Zealand, said: "This significant investment in New Zealand’s digital infrastructure is a testament to the remarkable spirit of New Zealand’s innovation and reflects how we’re pushing the boundaries of what is possible as a nation.

She said the Fletcher School’s Digital Evolution Index characterised New Zealand as a "standout nation", demonstrating to the world what the future might look like, referring to Massachusetts-based Tufts University’s graduate school of international affairs.

Lago said: “As a kiwi owned and operated business, not only is Catalyst Cloud’s client data fully protected by New Zealand data and privacy laws, but our revenues stay here in New Zealand too.

"This is something we're especially proud of as we work with clients, partners and resellers to help rebuild our local economy in the years ahead."


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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