Hong Kong government CIO to form cloud expert group
Daniel Lai, government CIO of Office of Government Chief Information Officer HK
The Hong Kong government CIO announces today to form a cloud expert group to help drive the development of cloud computing standards and best practices within the Hong Kong government.
"To adopt cloud computing on a mass scale, we must first address some key areas of concerns. These are information security and data privacy protection; achieving a unified identity management; have an exit strategy in place; the relevant legal issues; and procurement practices," Lai said in an interview with Asia Cloud Forum.
"Standardization is needed for the healthy development of cloud computing practices."
-- Daniel Lai, Hong Kong government CIO
"Other than the four key issues above, the expert group will also need to establish the best practices and standards of cloud computing adoption. The cloud expert group is not formed to conduct research on these areas, instead they are to identify the issues involved," Lai said.
Officially named "Expert Group on Cloud Computing Services Architecture and Standards," the group will comprise 19 to 20 IT professionals including OGCIO staff, representatives from Cyberport
and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute
(ASTRI), academics at tertiary institutions, IT professionals, industry bodies on cloud computing, and large corporations that have rich experience in cloud computing. Lai will chair the expert group.
Intended for a two-year term, the cloud expert group members will be responsible for: 1) Advising the best strategies to promote the adoption of the cloud service architecture, standards and best practices; 2) Advising the best practices of information security, data privacy protection, service management and contracting issues. The advices will then be shared among all government departments, IT service providers and users, according to Lai.
Need for standards
"Standardization is needed for the healthy development of cloud computing practices. We are seeing that a variety of cloud computing industry bodies are formed to set cloud computing standards and best practices, which will evolve over time," Lai said.
"There is room for improvement in cloud service management, such as in the areas of service description and the standards for application development."
-- Daniel Lai, Hong Kong government CIO
The existing standards that target at cloud computing, Lai said, include OVF
(Open Virtualization Format), OCCI
(Open Cloud Computing Interface), CDMI
(Cloud Data Management Interface), SPML
(Service Provisioning Markup Language), as well as WS-I
(Web Services Interoperability), WSRF
(Web Services Resource Framework), OAuth
Lai said cloud adopters often it challenging to work with cross-cloud computing platforms -- examples of these challenges are common protocol, identity management, data exchange, service migration.
"There is room for improvement in cloud service management, such as in the areas of service description and the standards for application development. Regarding application development, cloud service providers often provide a variety of application interface, but without a uniform approach.
"Therefore standards are needed to form cloud computing policies, governance models, and service level agreements. These help users to conveniently compare and evaluate the available cloud solutions," Lai said.
Support China's 12th Five-Year Plan
Lai said the cloud expert group will also closely cooperate with the relevant industry bodies of cloud computing, both mainland Chinese and international ones (such as the Cloud Security Alliance
and the Open Group
). This is to fully support China's 12th Five-Year Plan, to enhance "informatization" in the mainland, and to help China "internationalize its service industry."
In China's 12th Five-Year Plan, cloud computing was designated as one of the seven key emerging industries in mainland China. According to KPMG Hong Kong
, the Chinese government has planned for an investment of RMB 1.1 trillion (US$174 million) to develop several key cloud computing hubs
in the country.
"We believe the authorities in mainland China will formulate cloud computing standards in time. The Hong Kong IT industry can contribute to the development of these standards, sharing of their experience of cloud adoption, and defining the best practices and service delivery models," Lai said.
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