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Cloud Updates (Feb 2013)

SINGAPORE AMENDS COMPUTER MISUSE ACT

18 February 2013: The government amended its Computer Misuse Act, renaming it the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act, granting powers to take proactive measures against a potential cyber threat before it disrupted critical infrastructure. The changes were seen as necessary given Singapore’s increasing reliance on cyberspace. The new law allowed a person or organization to be ordered to take measures or comply with requirements necessary to prevent, detect or counter a threat to national security, essential services, defence or foreign relations of Singapore. Before the amendment, the government could only act when there was an imminent attack on Singapore.

TAIPEI TO INVEST TWD128.9 BILLION TO BUILD CLOUD COMPUTING PARK

18 February 2013: Taipei City will invest TWD128.9 billion (USD4.36 billion) to build the island's first cloud computing park by 2017. The park will help local enterprises upgrade and create value to their cloud products, and is expected to generate annual production value of TWD40 billion (USD1.35 billion) and create 4,000 jobs. The cloud computing park, which carries a price tag of NT$128.9 billion, will be built on the site currently used for the Taipei Flowers Market in the middle of Neihu Technology Park.

VIETNAM UNIVERSITY TO DEPLOY PRIVATE CLOUD

18 February 2013: The University of Information Technology (UIT) in Ho Chi Minh City has partnered with IBM to build a private cloud computing platform. The new platform will host the UIT's virtual campus on which new training courses, online applications, and other services will be developed and tested in this cloud environment.

KCC ISSUED "GUIDELINES FOR INTRODUCING CLOUD COMPUTING"

Published on 18 February 2013
The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) issued a cloud computing guidance document (separate from the proposed Cloud Computing Bill) entitled "Guidelines for Introducing Cloud Computing". This document appeared to be an information guidance document and not regulatory in nature. The contents of the document included a definition of the cloud, points of consideration for agencies introducing cloud computing, and explanations of concepts such as server, desktop, storage and application virtualization and their applicability and considerations in deployment. There were also indications that KCC was prepared to scale back some of the more onerous requirements (e.g. certification, reporting) in the proposed Cloud Bill.

THAILAND’S 2013 CLOUD DEVELOPMENT PLAN

28 February 2013: The EGA has recently announced its plan to enhance the development and use of cloud in Thailand in 2013:

  • The EGA will continue to expand G-Cloud throughout govt agencies. A Government Application Centre (GAC) will be created in Q3 2013 to be the common platform to support cloud software developers in the market. Developers from the private sector can co-create cloud based applications for public sector use with the govt and relevant agencies.
  • The Open Govt IT project will be expanded to further integrate data and services for citizens in industries such as public health, social welfare, and education.
  • 'Smart Box' program, an integrated device that will provide connectivity and deliver govt services through smart card authentication, will be implemented to deliver govt services to remote communities.

IIJ LAUNCHES CLOUD COMPUTING SERVICE IN CHINA

28 February 2013: Internet Initiative Japan Inc. announced the release of its IIJ GIO China Service, the world's first low-latency cloud computing service. The new cloud service offers a choice of either virtual or dedicated servers. The Internet infrastructure for this service is provided by China's two largest telecommunications carriers, China Telecom, and China Unicom, both headquartered in Beijing. In the past, communications that straddle the networks of both these carriers experienced latency and interruptions, but with this service, IIJ is able to automatically find the fastest connection for the customer. This is the first cloud service in the world to provide this method of connectivity.

CLOUD COMPUTING TRIAL TO BE LAUNCHED IN AUSTRALIA

28 February 2013: The Government of the State of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, will launch five pilot projects to test cloud-based IT solutions to improve government services. Greg Pearce, the Minister for Finance and Services, NSW, called for expressions of interest from the private sector. “We will test multiple cloud based systems across different scenarios and environments to ensure they are cost-effective, secure and efficient”, he said in a statement. “If successful we will look at how they can be rolled out across government.” The five projects planned are cloud solutions for email, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), shared service multi-tenanted email, ICT infrastructure and cloud-based desktop and collaboration services. “The trial will test technical and regulatory questions, as well as opportunities to reduce the Government’s annual ICT expenditure”, said Pearce. Government organizations such as Fire and Rescue NSW, the Department of Trade and Investment, WorkCover (agency working to ensure productive, healthy and safe workplaces in NSW) and Businesslink (a provider of outsourced business services) will be participating in the trial.