Deployment of OCS in Australia
Deploy OCS in Australia
We need to make sure the servers that our data resides on is located within Australia.
Most of my customers are in the power and water utility sector and the common theme of conversations with them about OCS is the fact that there is no Australian hosted instance. As has already been mentioned by others, this is a significant roadblock for any of these government owned utilities to adopt OCS because of Australia's federal data sovereignty laws that require hosting of data within data centres located within Australia.
OSIsoft has a significant presence within the Australian utility sector, with the majority of state government owned power generation, T&D and water utilities across the country being users of the PI System. This market will never adopt OCS unless and until they can do so in compliance with Australian federal legislation.
Piyush Dange commented
I agree with Steve's comments. The same feedback I am getting from our customers.
Daniel Chaves commented
As others said, customers have the requirement to host data in country to comply with legislation. We are also talking to a lot of water customers and OCS not being hosted in Australia presents a roadblock for that conversation.
Steve Meintjes commented
The justification is quite simple: Australia's data sovereignty law requires that data be kept in a data centre located in Australia (data residency), and be only accessible by Australians at all times. In Australia, data held on Australian soil is subject to and protected by our Australian Privacy Principles (APPs).
Data sovereignty is a country-specific requirement that data must remain within the borders of the jurisdiction where it originated. At its core, data sovereignty is about protecting sensitive, private data and ensuring it remains under the control of its owner.
Michael Tippett commented
Customers in Australia (mainly in the utilities industry) have expressed a need for data to be stored in Australia to comply with data sovereignty requirements.