In August 2012, Rackspace
announced that they were working on launching an Australian datacentre for their cloud offerings.
Today that dream is a reality, with the official announcement of their
new Sydney-based datacentre:
Rackspace now have datacentres in 9 locations, including Australia, the UK, Hong Kong, and the USA.
Image Credit: Rackspace Australia
I just logged into the Rackspace Control Panel, and here’s the proof:
Rackspace Control Panel – Add New Server
I’ve invested many hours in AWS’ offerings, so I’m not planning on switching to Rackspace Cloud any time soon, but it is great to see more competition in the Australian-based cloud industry.
launched their Sydney datacentre in November 2012).
Big news this morning:
Amazon Web Services
has just launched an AWS region in Sydney, Australia!
The new Asia Pacific (Sydney) region supports almost all of AWS’ services including EC2, RDS, S3 and many more.
launching an Australian Edge Location in June 2012 for Route 53 and CloudFront, I (along with many other Australian developers) have been waiting for AWS to launch a fully-fledged Australian region.
Whilst there are already some Australian-specific Cloud Computing offerings, this is a big day for us now that the AWS juggernaut has launched here.
Rackspace (another large cloud computing provider) has
previously committed to launching a Syndey-based datacentre in 2012, however we are yet to see that launch.
Overall, I think that more competition in the Australian cloud industry can only be a good thing for us. It’s likely to help drive down the high costs of Australia’s high bandwidth/data.
Onwards and upwards!
Below are some statistics that demonstrate how popular the WordPress user groups are in Australia:
Group Members % of Population
in Meetup Group
As you can see,
Hobart has the highest percentage of their population being a member of their user group. Well done Japh!
Melbourne, it looks like we have some work to do.
Population Figures are sourced from Wikipedia as of 10 October 2012.
Number of Group Members Figures were sourced from each meetup.com group page as of 10 October 2012.
Rackspace have just announced a Sydney-based datacentre, to be live by the end of 2012:
I’m looking forward to seeing increased competition in the Australian Cloud Hosting arena. Your turn now,
Update 22/8/2012 3:10pm: Rackspace have published details on the Sydney datacentre here.
Update 17/6/2013: Rackspace’s Sydney Datacentre is now online.
Last weekend I attended
WordCamp Sydney 2012 at the beautiful University of Sydney Camperdown campus:
The University of Sydney ( ) photo credit The Statistics
There were approximately 230 people who attended the 2 day event. (Which makes WordCamp Sydney 2012 the biggest Australian WordCamp ever!)
Eventifier, there were:
In previous WordCamps that I’ve attended, the number of WordPress end-users have easily outnumbered the number of WordPress developers. However at WordCamp Sydney, the developer stream was packed, and there were (from memory) more developers than end-users.
I particularly enjoyed Brent Shepherd’s
presentation, and also Jeff Waugh’s Word to the Future TurboPress: The High Performance Guide to WordPress.
The major highlight for me was the conversations at the pub on the Saturday night. It was great to see so many passionate WordPress business owners discussing their problems, solutions, and even talking about future WordPress-related events in Australia.
I also enjoyed catching up with some familiar WordPress faces, and also meeting some really interesting people.
Being one of the organisers of
WordCamp Melbourne 2011, it was fantastic to see WordCamp popularity in Australia continue to rise.
Thank you to all the organisers and volunteers – from my point of view the the event ran without a hitch!
Bring on the next Australian WordCamp 🙂