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Cloud migration must wait, says telecoms' chief

Telestra's chief technology officer has said that while the cloud is popular, portability standards have not been established
Written by Mahesh Sharma, Correspondent on

Cloud customers will have to wait years before they can freely migrate their data between service providers, according to Telstra chief technology officer Dr Hugh Bradlow.

Technology services delivered over the web, or cloud services, are growing in popularity. However, uncertainty remains over how easily the data can be moved to other providers, a question the Australian telecoms' CTO Bradlow tackled on Monday after his keynote at the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) conference in Melbourne.

He said it would be a number of years before suitable standards are developed that would allow customers to extract their information from one provider's datacentre to a competitor's.

"Clouds services are in a land grab phase at the moment, where everyone has this mistaken belief they'll dominate the world. They're trying to create the 'all-singing, all-dancing come-to-us-and-you'll-never-have-to-go-anywhere-else environment'," Bradlow said.

For more on this ZDNet UK selected story, see Cloud data portability years off: Telstra on ZDNet Australia.

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