Singapore cloud thrusts boost adoption, industry growth
By Asia Cloud Forum editors 17-May-2012
With Singapore emerging as a regional data center hub for both public and private cloud solutions, boosted by initiatives such as the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network, infrastructure-as-a-service adoption is expected to grow at a CAGR of about 21%, led mainly by medium and large businesses, the IDA study showed.
G-Cloud for easy procurement
SingTel has won the tender to provide cloud-computing resources to the Whole-of-Government to address the different levels of security and governance requirements for five years with an option to extend for another five years.
"Through G-Cloud, government agencies can procure cloud services easily to deliver government services securely and quickly on demand, scaling up and down rapidly to cater to changing workloads, resulting in increased agility," said Ronnie Tay, CEO of IDA. "It will be a platform for innovation where agencies can leverage on the G-cloud as a test-bed to pilot new and innovative applications for a small group of users without up-front cost and asset ownership."
"A second period bulk tender initiative, known as EnVision, was established for the supply of cloud-based video hosting and streaming services using the utility pricing model to ministries, statutory boards, organs of state and participating entities," said Tay. "Currently, there are a total of 20 government agencies using EnVision for their corporate events, public education and information."
Three schools -- Raffles Girls' School (Secondary), St. Joseph's Institution and St. Nicholas Girls' School -- are also using EnVision. "To encourage greater adoption by schools, IDA and the EnVision providers will [help] schools to develop their own video sites," Tay added. "Under this arrangement, each school can enjoy up to six-months' worth of cloud resources, capped at S$1,300, while they need to pay for only 50% of the network bandwidth consumed."
Cloud computing calls
"Through G-Cloud, government agencies can procure cloud services easily to deliver government services securely and quickly on demand, scaling up and down rapidly to cater to changing workloads, resulting in increased agility."
- Ronnie Tay,
"For users with little knowledge of Hadoop, HP Labs Singapore provides Bamboo, an advanced platform that allows a guided and visual approach to big data processing without a steep learning curve. More details and information will be featured on the IDA website and I invite interested industry members to apply."
IDA's four earlier calls have led to 57 projects being awarded cloud resources to undertake test-bedding, proofs-of-concept and research. Some of the awardees include the Building & Construction Authority (BCA), Institute for Infocomm Research, iTwin Inc. and m9 Tech Solutions.
The SEP, established late last year, offers funding support for manpower, professional services and training expenses in efforts to convert existing software operating on the traditional upfront software licensing model to one that is cloud-based on a utility pricing model.
Further encouraging the adoption of cloud computing is the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) scheme, where the first S$400,000 in costs incurred to acquire cloud computing resources would qualify for a 400% tax deduction.