DOST to co-locate gov’t files in Globe data center

Globe Business, through its IT-Enabled Services Group (IG), recently announced that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) project, will co-locate the government files and resources in the telco’s data center.

iGovPhil project director Denis Villorente (2nd from right) seals the agreement with Globe EVP and COO Gil Genio during a joint activity by Globe and the DOST-Advanced Sciences Technologies Institute, making official the co-location of government files and resources to the Globe data center. Also in the photo are (leftmost) Globe IG vice president Rey Lugtu and Globe Business cluster head Francis Neil Mendoza (rightmost)

iGovPhil project director Denis Villorente (2nd from right) seals the agreement with Globe EVP and COO Gil Genio during a joint activity by Globe and the DOST-Advanced Sciences Technologies Institute, making official the co-location of government files and resources to the Globe data center. Also in the photo are (leftmost) Globe IG vice president Rey Lugtu and Globe Business cluster head Francis Neil Mendoza (rightmost)

The data center, to be housed at the Globe facility, is the second National Government Data Center — the government’s main information hub for all government agencies, being built by the iGovPhil.

The project is part of the eGovernment Master Plan, which adopts a whole-of-government approach to information and communications technology infrastructure and shared government applications for better and more efficient public service delivery.

“By co-locating in a commercial site, the government will be able to leverage the private service provider’s advanced facilities and long experience in the ICT business,” iGovPhil project director Denis Villorente explained.

The government, he said, adopted the strategy of establishing several data centers to ensure availability and redundancy for additional security and protection of government files and resources.

“Two data centers are now up-and-running, with another one being built at a facility owned by the government,” he added.

After the completion and formal acceptance of the Globe data center facility by iGovPhil, government agencies starting this year are required to co-locate to the National Government Data Center.

Agencies with existing and new data center requirements are instructed to use this facility moving forward. The facilities will serve as launching point for DOST-ICT Office’s other services through iGovPhil, including government email, Web hosting, and document management, among others.

According to Globe Telecom vice president for IG Reynaldo Lugtu, “Globe is more than ready to power data and infrastructure requirements of the Philippine government. We are in the best position to provide mission-critical services for it, similar to what large, private corporations are also benefiting from our best-in-class cloud and data center platforms.”

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