Three reasons why local data storage is increasingly important in Australia

Thinking more and more about where your data is actually stored? You’re not the only one; in today’s era of cloud computing where data is stored, processed and accessed in multiple locations, there is a growing need for data residency. In an increasingly globalised world, we are hearing from industry that it is a top priority to ensure the secure management of project data within the country’s borders. Local data storage ensures that essential project data remains within Australia which achieves a variety of positive benefits for users of Autodesk Construction Cloud.

There are three key reasons why local data residency is important in today’s environment:

1. Reduced latency

With data stored on-shore, Australian users can expect reduced latency, enhancing their overall user experience. Network latency refers to the amount of time it takes for data to go from one place to another, and reduced latency is important for a streamlined user experience - saving time and resources. Faster access to data enables quicker retrieval of information, and accelerated data processing times. While the improvements in latency might seem like small amounts of time measured in milliseconds, on large-scale projects with hundreds of people accessing thousands of files, those gains quickly add up to significant outcomes.

2. Improved performance and reliability

Having-locally stored data, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), in a dedicated server guarantees increased performance and reliability for Australian users. Two of the primary goals of improving performance when it comes to data are enhanced scalability and optimised workflows. Improved performance often involves scaling systems to handle growing volumes of data and increasing user demands. Scalability ensures that systems can accommodate more data and users without significant degradation in performance. Performance improvements can also streamline workflows by reducing the time it takes to perform tasks including data analysis, reporting and decision making as well as maintaining trust with customers, partners, and stakeholders.

3. Interconnected common data environments

A common data environment (CDE) is a centralised, and collaborative platform where all project stakeholders can effectively share, manage, and access relevant data across the project lifecycle. The availability of locally-stored data enables businesses to fully capitalise on the advantages of having a collaborative and interconnected CDE for their projects. Australian data storage ensures consistency in businesses’ approach to project delivery, meeting client

requirements through technology, and ensuring their projects can maximise the benefits of cloud environments.

Autodesk has introduced locally stored data in Australia, signifying an important step forward in ensuring the management of project data. As a customer-centric organisation, this marks a significant milestone for Autodesk. By providing our customers with a dedicated server, we are reinforcing our commitment to delivering a dependable construction software platform for collaboration, tailored to the unique requirements of the Australian market.

To find out more visit the Australia data storage information page.

You can learn more about Autodesk Construction Cloud services and security in our dedicated Security Whitepaper.

Stephen Browne

Technical Sales Manager, Autodesk