Taiwan Cloud Valley aims to build a coherent ecosystem
By Sheila Lam, Computerworld Hong Kong 26-Apr-2012
Following the great success of its semi-conductor and hardware manufacturing industry, Taiwan is eyeing on cloud computing for the continuous development of its technology industry. The Cloud Computing Association in Taiwan (TCCA) launched the Cloud Valley project in March, aiming to build a comprehensive supply chain of cloud computing services that involve both hardware and software players.
Divided into three different phases, the Cloud Valley project also plans to actively take part in China's cloud computing trial plan and join hands with the Chinese counterpart in formulating common cloud computing service and technological standards.
The first phase is the opening of the demonstration center, where more than 20 technology providers, including Trend Micro, to show case cloud computing base technology. The center also plans to provide a platform for integrated research and development, testing, display experience, incubation, and business matching services for cloud computing development.
In phase two, expected to be establish by 2013, will be a business incubation center. Located at the same building as the demonstration center, it plans to nurture and create new cloud computing business.
As part of phase three, a cloud service industry park is expected to open for development in 2014. Located at Fujhou at New Taipei City, the industrial park with a size of 5.19 hectares is expected to start its development in 2014, upon the land acquisition is completed.
According to Tzi-Cker Chiueh, secretary general of TCCA, development of the industrial park will be opened for property developers. The bidding process will be handled by the government and based on the development requirements established by TCCA.
Led by Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs, Chunghwa Telecom as well as local tech industry associations and institutes, TCCA is an industry association that involved also different local and foreign tech players in Taiwan.
"TCCA aims to help members companies, the local and foreign tech providers, to connect and collaborate," said Shyue-Ching Lu (pictured), president of TCCA and CEO of Chunghwa Telecom. "Through collaboration, we hope to create an ecosystem to develop technologies in the cloud computing space, which is identified as the key future industry development in Taiwan."