Government IT experts from Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) and Advanced Science and Technology Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ASTI) unveiled a new online service called GovCloud, short for Government Cloud which will enable government agencies to utilize secure government hosted cloud applications for their various server side computing requirements.

 The Government Cloud was unveiled to Agency heads and representatives at an executive briefing on newly launched iGov services held at DOST-ICTO in Diliman, Quezon City.

 Cloud computing has brought about a significant change in the economics and sustainability of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). By sharing computing resources through a high speed network connection or the Internet, applications can allocate resources when needed and as needed, thus, reducing hardware acquisition and maintenance costs, essentially creating an “economies of scale” for computing.

 One example of a Public Cloud is that of Google, wherein users have files and applications on the web, doing away with local storage and client side computing resources, all you need to access your files and email on the web is a web browser.

 The GovCloud is essentially a private cloud for the government and will be available for government agencies and their employees.

 ASTI Director and Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) Program Director Denis Villorente said that, “Initially, basic cloud applications such as GovMail, web hosting, and online payment system applications will be available. While project management, storage cloud, VoIP and government portal applications will be available in the near future. Custom cloud computing applications and platforms will also be available for those who need it.”

 Several Government agencies have already expressed interest Gov Cloud for their own Cloud computing requirements. Undersecretary Louis Casambre of DOST-ICTO commented on how the GovCloud is a sensible choice for government agencies. “with the Gov Cloud, agencies can maximize their resources and significantly reduce operating costs as they only use server resources when they need it, and when server load is high they can be allocated additional resources almost instantly.”

 “The Gov Cloud experience for government agencies will be significantly enhanced with the activation of the Government Fiber Core Network which will provide high-speed data connectivity to iGov’s data center which hosts the GovCloud. Usec. Casambre Added.

 The government Fiber Core Network is slated to be operational by last quarter of 2013.