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kingdragonfly

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  #2908913 1-May-2022 09:09
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After all that, I got an interview which ended in 5 minutes.

As some may know, in Australia a bill called the "Assistance and Access Bill" passed in 2018.

It forces software makers to compromise encryption and other forms of security or face imprisonment. It has caused chaos for enterprises and non-Australian government storing data in Australia. They are one of only 7 countries in the world to have this draconian law, the so-called "D7"

(As a further aside, this is the primary reason Microsoft and Amazon to announce New Zealand based data centers. Both should be on-line in 2024, at the cost of $1.4 billion)

So this financial cloud based company has been forced to open an secondary Australian branch, just abide by this law.

Even though I always always clear I was in New Zealand, and wouldn't migrate, and the hiring firm told them the same thing, the interviewer expressed shock I was calling from New Zealand.

She told me no one outside Australia could view the data. In other words not only could the company's data only be stored in Australia, but you had to be in Australia to view it.

I explained I thought this exceeded the "Assistance and Access Bill" law, but she wouldn't have it, as it was "company policy."

Sigh...

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  #2908914 1-May-2022 09:11
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Note until New Zealand gets its data centers up and running, alternate countries to Australia are Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea and Indonesia.

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  #2908957 1-May-2022 13:24
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kingdragonfly: Note until New Zealand gets its data centers up and running, alternate countries to Australia are Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea and Indonesia.

 

NZ has got many datacentres, has had them for decades, we even have companies offering API based cloud things similar to AWS/Azure...




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  #2908980 1-May-2022 16:02
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deadlyllama:

kingdragonfly: Note until New Zealand gets its data centers up and running, alternate countries to Australia are Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea and Indonesia.


NZ has got many datacentres, has had them for decades, we even have companies offering API based cloud things similar to AWS/Azure...



There's plenty of data centers in New Zealand. I've worked on hundreds of servers in New Zealand, but not physically touched one in 20 years. I haven't even been in the same room as a server in that time, because most companies / data centers frown on that.

Contrary to what you'd believe by out electricity prices, we're blessed with a lot of green energy. There's been talk of that we should use the power from Tiwai Point to power a data center instead of an aluminium smelter (13% of all power in NZ) but it sounds stalled till at least 2025.

Some are waiting for the official Amazon (AWS) and Microsoft Azure sites. Microsoft Azure is odd, because it was announced two years ago, and there's no lack of customers who had already signed on, but I can't find an official date.

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