The head of local cloud newcomer Ninefold said it was unfazed by a carbon tax and was pushing to develop a reseller program in response to strong demand for its services.
The Federal Government’s announcement of a $23 a tonne price on carbon last Sunday was expected to spur demand for green and sustainable-energy technology and solutions for compliance and other burdens associated with the tax.
The future for data centre and cloud services was less certain given the likey impact of the tax on power bills, the greatest cost in the data centre.
But Ninefold chief executive officer Peter James said it was “more of an opportunity than a threat”.
“Our competitive pricing will be maintained.”
Ninefold was one of a handful of cloud service providers marketing data services hosted in Australia to meet concerns about data jurisdiction. James said it was more important than being able to save a few dollars by hosting services in cheaper, overseas locations.
“Every time the FBI raids a data centre facility in Virginia as they did [last month] it sends shock waves throughout the corporate world,” James said.
“There are lots of influences going on including the corporate tax rate and government incentives; the choice of data jurisdiction is infinitely more complex."
Ninefold launched its cloud service, managed with major backer Macquarie Telecom last January.
James said at the time there were no plans for a channel program but there were so many enquiries from resellers that it was now running a trial with potential partners and a dedicated cloud consultant in Melbourne.
“It is area personally I’m going to be focused on," James said.
Ninefold allowed white-labelling of its cloud services.