The OGCIO in Hong Kong recently announced the award of a HK$127 million, seven-year government cloud contract to Atos Information Technology HK.
GovCloud is OGCIO's outsourced private cloud platform designed to host e-government services for shared use by 30 government bureaux and departments. Such services include electronic information management, electronic procurement and others. Other e-government services, according to Government CIO Daniel Lai in an earlier interview, include paperless meeting and electronic human resources management.
Atos Information Technology HK will provide a range of services covering project management, system implementation and integration, operations management and data center hosting.
According to Atos' Hong Kong webpage, the company has been providing utility based data center service in Hong Kong since 1996. It now employs 410 staff, of which 370 are technical support staff. It currently operates two Tier III+ data centers serving financial services institutions, manufacturing and retail services, as well as public, utilities, healthcare and transport sectors.
Rollout by end-2013
Speaking at the contract signing ceremony, the government CIO, Daniel Lai, said the award of the contract signified a milestone in the government's cloud computing journey.
"GovCloud is the government's first major private cloud initiative. Our aim is to capitalize on cloud computing for more agile and cost-effective delivery of e-government services to meet rising demand and the expectations of government departments and the public. We are set to roll out the GovCloud service before the end of this year," he said.
Lai noted that GovCloud could bring about economy of scale and drive down the cost of hosting e-government services with the use of a shared central infrastructure.
"It will substantially reduce service delivery time and enhance our responsiveness in meeting dynamic demands through rapid provision of computing resources, including processing power, network bandwidth and disk storage," he added.
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