HK government announces approved public cloud vendors
By Asia Cloud Forum editors 31-May-2012
The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) today announced the approved list of government public cloud service providers for reference by all government bureau and departments.
The public cloud service list comprises 40 companies offering more than 300 public cloud services, which were accepted for inclusion after an evaluation process following an earlier request for information exercise in February.
These companies will provide cloud services under four categories: 1) productivity applications, 2) business applications, 3) cloud IT services, and 4) social media applications.
Government cloud strategy
The government cloud environment includes an "in-house private cloud" owned and operated by the government, "outsourced private clouds" comprising facilities dedicated to the government in secure data centers operated by contractors, and "public clouds" for generic applications involving non-sensitive information.
"All listed service providers have agreed to follow a standard set of terms and conditions for GPCS. By referring to the list to invite quotations and place orders in accordance with government procurement procedures, bureaux/departments need not go through lengthy procurement for each and every acquisition, thus saving time and effort in procuring the required services," a spokesperson for OGCIO said.
The spokesperson added that the OGCIO will put in place a governance mechanism to safeguard the quality of services and refresh the list on a regular basis. To cope with the fast changing cloud computing environment, listed GPCS providers can also make requests to the government for adding new services, changing existing services, or removing obsolete services, subject to the approval of the OGCIO.