Australian Government Architecture

Cloud Computing

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing is the deployment of computing services into a shared pool of computing, network and storage resources accessed by multiple customers to reduce costs, improve quality of service, harness innovation and increase scalability. Cloud computing service models include Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Software as a Service. Cloud Services can be deployed as either Public or Private Cloud.


To maximise the uptake of cloud computing in government while embedding risk-based decision making for cloud security.


This capability is part of the following domain.

Technology Reference


The following designs include examples of how digital solutions in this capability can be delivered.
The Cloud Marketplace provides access to a range of cloud services from pre-approved government sellers
The Digital Sourcing Cloud Contract Templates are a model template and minimum terms template to be used to procure cloud services
The Anatomy of a Cloud Assessment and Authorisation provides additional guidance and describes a mechanism to assess your cloud solution to ensure it meets your requirements and obligations
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