A complete cloud solution that envisions reducing cost on technology solutions and improving overall operational efficiency of the government will be available to agencies, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) announced today.

The Government Cloud (GovCloud) service, which has been operating on a limited capacity since 2013, will go full blast following its launch on Tuesday, 28 March 2017, at the Novotel Hotel. It is a joint project of the DICT and the Advanced Science and Technology Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ASTI).

“The GovCloud shall provide a complete cloud solution, allowing the DICT to act as a cloud broker with the ability to rapidly scale the infrastructure for government,” DICT Undersecretary Denis F. Villorente said.

The GovCloud was initially set up to support the project’s applications and services. To accommodate other agencies, it has expanded through the implementation of the Next Generation Cloud and the Government Common Platform Cloud. The cloud infrastructure will allow the provision of virtual machines and will enable agencies to use secure applications for their various remote computing requirements.

The implementation of the GovCloud is pursuant to the DICT’s Circular No. 2017-002 or the adoption of the Cloud First Policy by state departments, offices, and agencies to provide better services to citizens through the use of scalable and on-demand cloud computing.

GovCloud will use a hybrid cloud strategy that will integrate both private and public clouds. The creation of private in-country data center will ensure data security while the off-premise public cloud will make online information and services readily available to agencies.

The ₱373-million bid to build, operate, and transfer a complete cloud solution for the government was awarded to Vibal Group. In partnership with global technology leaders Amazon Web Services, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft Azure, Indra Philippines, and Philcox Philippines, Vibal Group will facilitate “the biggest ICT project in the country,” the DICT said.