Gov’t bent on promoting cloud use in PH, ICT Office exec says

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The Philippines government recognizes that the use of cloud computing offers “a whole new range of possibilities for delivering services, offering great scope for the expansion of Internet services in the country.”

ICT office deputy chief Nicolas Ojeda
ICT office deputy chief Nicolas Ojeda

ICT Office deputy executive director Nicolas Ojeda Jr. also reaffirmed the government’s drive to propagate the use of technology at all levels of governance during the recently held Philippine Cloud Summit, hosted by local cloud services provider IP Converge Data Services.

“Our government is developing the Government Cloud or GovCloud. It is basically a hybrid cloud, combining both public and private clouds in order to enable an efficient collaboration between agencies and our partners in the private sector, while allowing for professional delivery of services as well as content,” Ojeda said.

A project by the Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil Project), the GovCloud is a full-service cloud-based productivity suite that includes apps such as Web hosting, email, collaboration, project management, a payment gateway and more.

Ojeda said that the hybrid cloud has the potential to be the largest in the country, connecting more than 160 agencies and offices to the GovCloud. Currently, it hosts 132 virtual machines (VMs) for 19 government agencies, giving the government the economic advantages of using the cloud platform.

“Our endeavors to harness the potential of broadband and the cloud, should be perceived by our forthcoming generations with pride. We, at the ICT Office, are of course passionate about the emerging world of ICTs, and hope that our programs and projects will benefit everyone throughout the country,” Ojeda said.

The summit, attended by representatives from the government and business sectors, brought together a wide network of IT practitioners who shared their experiences, knowledge and trends under a banner of information and education within the industry.

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