Microsoft acquires startup Cycle Computing

Canberra Data Centres founder and CEO Greg Boorer with Microsoft Azure Engineering Lead for Australia James Kavanagh.               Image Supplied

Microsoft already offers cloud services from Sydney and Melbourne in Australia.

Azure has a "massive global footprint" with powerful infrastructure, InfiniBand support for fast networking and state-of-the-art GPU capabilities, said Zander, explaining that the combination of this infrastructure in a public cloud with Cycle Computing's technology and experience will help customers accelerate their movement to the cloud. Services will be delivered through datacentres operated by Australian-owned Canberra Data Centres (CDC). Microsoft will support current Cycle Computing customers running workloads on other cloud providers, but future versions of the software will be Azure-only, and customers will be given time to migrate to Azure. Microsoft says it wants to make Big Computing more readily available (the expensive technology has traditionally been only accessible to the most well-funded organizations) so that "your compute power is no longer measured or limited by the square footage of your data center".

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The company states the acquisition will enable customers to "use High-Performance Computing (HPC) and other Big Computing capabilities" in the public cloud.

This announcement builds on recent news that dozens of Microsoft Azure services have received certification by Australian Signals Directorate, including services for machine learning, internet-of-things, cybersecurity, and data management.

"I couldn't be more excited about the potential this creates for the digital transformation of Australian and New Zealand governments and what it means to our combined ecosystem".

CDC are the preeminent specialist datacenter provider for secure government data in Australia with four modern Canberra-based facilities that hold the accreditations and security controls to handle even Top Secret classified data. Government agencies using the Intra Government Communications Network can directly connect to Azure in Canberra. The latest 2 to be added are in Australia, specifically Canberra.

"We're confident these two new regions and the services provided will satisfy requirements for Unclassified and Protected data".

"In reviewing those services, IRAP assessors delivered a positive finding in favour of certification at Protected level earlier this year. We still have work to do, but the pathway is understood".

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