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A cloud standard for Singapore

While Korea is working on a national cloud standard, Singapore is not one to lose out. The country, which is amongst the top in numerous global e-government rankings, is currently working on a cloud standard too.

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Singapore Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) is heading the project with support from Infocomm Development Authority (IDA).

Khoong Hock Yun, Assistant Chief Executive of IDA, said to FutureGov Asia Pacific: “We have commenced discussions with ITSC to work on areas such as cloud security, service level agreements and virtualisation.”

Robert Chew (pictured), Chairman of ITSC, said that these issues need to be understood so that ITSC can “prioritise them standards-wise and promote adoption of the cloud”.

“Cloud computing is an important next paradigm in computing and it will sharpen the competitiveness of Singapore through its adoption,” said Khoong.

Chew added that since work on the standard started November 2010, the end of 2011 is the earliest estimate of when the Singapore national cloud standard can be born.

“Creating a standard can take anything from 12-18 months to 24 months. We cannot afford to not be quality-conscious due to haste,” Chew said. “Right now, we have a good chance to pioneer cloud standards, to study and develop them.”

According to Chew, there are existing consortium standards but these are viewed as “vendor-driven”. Hence, Singapore’s efforts will involve discussion and reviews with stakeholders such as end-users, government, vendors and academia.

When the standard has been completed, Chew said that the organisation hopes to submit it to the International Organisation for Standards (ISO) for it to be reviewed, adapted and hopefully, adopted into the first international cloud computing standard.

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