Cloud gets post-quake boost

New Zealand was already set to be the land of cloud computing, but the Christchurch earthquake should boost that process further.

New Zealand was already set to be the land of cloud computing, but the Christchurch earthquake should boost that process further.

As businesses recover from the havoc the quake wreaked, it is becoming clear who fared best.

Those who stored their data offsite were least affected, and cloud computing was shown to be good for data recovery.

Analysts say that, given this, the quake will send firms to the cloud, especially since it makes it easier for staff to work from home in quake-affected areas.

Even without the quake, New Zealand's technological future was already looking in the cloud direction.

Microsoft has surveyed the Asia Pacific and found that Kiwis are the most cloud-savvy of the lot.

HP and IBM are selling managed services and they and others are looking for channel opportunities.

The cloud also presents a silver lining for other New Zealand businesses: they can develop their own product offerings to sell to the world.

Come quake or flood, New Zealand's computing future certainly looks increasingly cloudy.

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