MOEA proposes Abe-esque 'three arrows' for cloud computing development
By Ted Chen ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) yesterday proposed three strategies to aid the proliferation and development of cloud computing in Taiwan, akin to the “three arrows” proposed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to boost that country's economy.
September 4, 2013, 2:20 am TWN
Lin Chuan-neng (林全能), director of the MOEA's Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT, 技術處), said that the ministry's cloud computing strategy will be based on operation systems development, procuring a seat among committees setting standardized protocols, and establishing viable certification processes for qualified developers and software engineers.
The plans were announced at a press event hosted by the MOEA.
In addition, the DoIT is planning to provide accessible cloud computing service packages for small- and medium-sized enterprises, an initiative named the Cloud Appliance for Enterprises (CAFE).
The MOEA also tasked the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, 工研院) with developing the ITRI Cloud Operating System, a comprehensive platform designed to handle cloud-based data processing and computation. The initiative is expected to reduce the difficulty, time and cost requirements for the establishment of cloud computing services in Taiwan.
According to Lin, cloud computing is expected to bring upwards of NT$300 billion in business opportunities across Taiwan's technology sectors, including revenues deriving from construction of infrastructure, and software services and applications.
The Syscom Group (凌群電腦) remarked that in recent years, a number of similar but disparate initiatives have been started by various companies, resulting in redundancies. The company said it believes that a unified approach in cloud computing development would greatly benefit the enterprises of Taiwan. In addition, the company noted that cloud-based computers have dramatically reduced energy consumption from its servers, adding that over 100 of its servers have been moved to virtual machines on the cloud, saving the company tremendous amounts of space, while reducing power consumption by 20 percent.