First Microsoft 'saving us' with a plan to build an Azure zone in NZ and now Amazon... stuff.co.nz/business/126468116 massive Digital Corporate Colonialism incoming.

@lightweight There is not much to do in the short term as the massive expansion of these 'clouds' is also due to the implosion of older corporate inhouse IT

But insisting on vendor compatibility, multi-cloud and given the largely linux stack means that a lock-in is less likely

The ultimate goal is open source 'home clouds' and implicitly they prove this is entirely possible

@openrisk the only issue: AWS and Azure have proprietary APIs, and any company building their systems around one of these services is voluntarily locking themselves in (most of them aren't sharp enough to realise how fundamentally this limits them & opens them for exploitation)... interestingly, the long-existing NZ-based locally run Cloud created by CatalystCloud.nz a decade+ ago is a cutting edge open source, open standards compliant OpenStack implementation. Unlike AWS or Azure.

@lightweight @openrisk I hate it when local news repeatedly overlooks Catalyst Cloud whenever it would be relevant!

@alcinnz @openrisk yup - either amazing unfitness for purpose among tech-journalists or an active conspiracy.

@lightweight @alcinnz @openrisk That's when you do counter-journalism, and phone the journalists, say you're writing an article about tech-journalists attention on big stuff and ignoring local companies and ask them some questions.

@doctormo @alcinnz @openrisk I have called a few of them on it... mostly, they've said stuff like "well, the people paying me to write about this stuff don't want that sort of thing promoted" or, "I have to write what the people paying me want", or "well, those businesses don't buy our advertising". All smacking of lacking journalistic integrity and mercenary mentality - shows how desperately bad the journalism situation has become.

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That looks like a pretty good article to me. Especially since it sings of corruption and a lack of seriousness about just how important local technology is, both politically, and economically to a small power like nz. Stuff in the bit about techno-colonialism and shop it around and see if there's someone who'll take it :-D

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