Microsoft acquires cloud-computing orchestration vendor Cycle Computing

Microsoft acquires cloud-computing orchestration vendor Cycle Computing

Microsoft today announced that they have acquired Cycle Computing, a known leader in the cloud computing orchestration industry.

According to Cycle Computing's web site, Cycle's software now works with not just Azure, but also Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud.

"New regions created to cater for the needs of government, growing certifications from the Australian Signals Directorate, and a history of empowering the digital transformation of organisations is helping Microsoft become the most trusted, innovative cloud for Australia", boasted Tom Keane, head of global infrastructure at Microsoft Azure.

The Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, said: "The Australian Government has embarked on a sweeping program of change to bring digital innovation to the transformation of the Australian public sector to ensure we meet the expectations and needs of all citizens".

The two data regions will be constructed in Canberra and will be known as Australia Central 2 and Australia Central 1. Today we couldn't be happier to announce that we're joining Microsoft to accelerate HPC cloud adoption.


These two new regions will complement Microsoft's existing cloud services now delivered from Sydney and Melbourne.

While the Azure services are only now certified for unclassified data, Microsoft's Australian government customers can use the Azure Stack hybrid cloud service to handle data with higher levels of classification. The company said it plans to integrate the startup's high-performance computing (HPC) technology into Azure. Future Microsoft versions released will be Azure only.

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Control and Bendigo Hospital in Victoria are already customers and Microsoft says any agency using the ecure Intra-Government Communications Network (ICON) will be able to directly connect to Azure in Canberra.

As a result, Worrall said Microsoft's expansion into Canberra represents the first opportunity for public cloud services from a major provider to be located in the same highly secure facilities as some of the nation's most sensitive data. We're still working to finalise this certification process with Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and for clarity it is important to be aware that Microsoft Azure is not certified at Protected level by ASD.

At Microsoft, we believe that access to Big Computing capabilities in the cloud has the power to transform many businesses and will be at the forefront of breakthrough experimentation and innovation in the decades to come.

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