AUCloud, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider selling high security sovereign cloud services to the Australian Government, Defense, Intelligence, and Critical National Industry (CNI) communities, is the latest local service provider to join Arqit Quantum’s Federated Quantum System for deployment in Australia in partnership with the Australian Government.
AUCloud collaborates with Arqit Quantum to offer sovereign quantum edge cloud solutions to the Australian government, building on AUCloud’s sovereign cloud expertise.
The Federated Quantum System from Arqit allows allied governments to have sovereign control over a private instance of Arqit’s quantum technology that is compatible with other participating allies’ systems. The primary end customer is government, but a local service provider is always necessary, and Arqit is pleased that AUCloud will fill this position and provide Arqit Quantum with support in Australia.
The burgeoning nexus around AUKUS – the Australian, UK, and US partnership for collaborative defense investment and research – is fueling interest in cyber security, quantum computing, and AI (AI). This has sparked the establishment of a national network of Sovereign Quantum Edge Cloud Services across Australia.
Arqit’s partnership with AUCloud will provide immediate capability to Australian clients in the Defense, Government, Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), and Enterprise sectors, including Financial Services, by addressing urgent threats to existing cybersecurity infrastructure and laying the groundwork for critical future capabilities.
“We are excited to build upon AUCloud’s sovereign cloud focus and collaborate with Arqit to launch this pioneering sovereign quantum edge cloud service,” said Phil Dawson, Managing Director and Co-Founder of AUCloud. “It comes at a moment of Australia continuing to reinforce its technical contributions to the space, cyber and quantum technology mission.”
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Further prospects for Australian industry engagement in space, cyber, and quantum technologies are expected to arise as a result of the collaboration.
This agreement complements activities related to the UK-Australia Space Bridge agreement (signed between the UK and Australia in 2021), under which Arqit Quantum was awarded a contract to prepare for Australian participation in Arqit’s Federated Quantum System (FQS) program, which will also include the UK and Canada. The job includes identifying technological contributions to the objective, developing an industrial supply chain, and preparing for the implementation of Arqit’s QuantumCloud technology, which would provide complete client independence as well as compatibility with other associated partners’ systems.
“We are delighted to support the Australian, UK and US alliance for joint defense investment and innovation,” said David Williams, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Arqit Quantum. “The world needs stronger, simpler encryption, and it is important that allied countries work together to share the benefit of Arqit’s globally unique, transformational quantum safe encryption. We look forward to deepening our partnership with Australian industry in this effort.”
Headquartered in London, UK, Arqit Quantum offers a one-of-a-kind quantum encryption Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that protects any networked device’s communications lines against existing and future types of attack – even from a quantum computer.
QuantumCloud, an Arqit product, allows any device to download a lightweight software agent that may generate encryption keys in collaboration with any other device. The keys are computationally secure, with one-time usage and zero trust options available. QuantumCloud can generate an infinite number of keys in an infinite number of groups, as well as control the secure entry and exit of a device inside a group. Every connected device is QuantumCloud’s addressable market.