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Cloud Computing Battle in Japanese Government : It is not a Joke [ #scloud #openmeti ]

Posted in Government, Open Source by japanclouds on February 18, 2010

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) began to invite a public comment last week using Twitter( #scloud ).  As everyone knows, MIC has much administration functions including local government offices. Therefore, the study group for realizing the design named Smart Cloud is already launched in their inside.  The member consists of several scholars, the Tokushima governor, FUJITSU, NTT, IBM Japan, Nihon Unisys, NTT DATA, KDDI, Internet Initiative Japan, Hitachi, NEC, Intel, and Nomura Research Institute.

The propriety to the open source was mainly discussed by the above-mentioned Twitter. That is, it is contrast of the idea which asks for protection of a domestic vendor, and the idea which searches for the productivity for a user. Of course, although the conclusion has not come out, I think that there was a significant argument.

And the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) began to invite a public comment on several using Twitter ( #openmeti ). Several persons including me sent the question why two government offices could not cooperate.  METI has answered "Since we prepare a platform, MIC should approve" to the question. Furthermore, it was said proudly that a 100 million yen budget was added up for this purpose.

Wait just for a moment!  I want to say that it is national cash. Whether MIC will agree or dissent, it is uncertain. Does METI need to appropriate a large amount of budget for such a plan so much?  Although many people have emitted the same question, METI has not answered.

There were two announcements today also. One is a thing from MIC, and the verification for cloud computing for 400 local government offices is referred to as beginning from April. Another is a thing from METI who announced their Online Policy Council of Citizens in English.  http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/data/20100216_01.html

However, signs of talking between METI and METI are not visible.

Although both are conscious of the word of being open, aiming at cloud computing, however, there is only the un-open policy in the government.

Major newspaper publishing companies should know such a situation. However, they are keeping silence. 

It was proved that politics and journalism do not exist in Japan.

It is not a joke.

Ministry of Internal Affairs and (MIC) reduces 30% of extra budgets

Posted in Economy, Government by Agile Cat on October 16, 2009

Oct.16 – The new administration has reviewed whole of extra budget that is offered by the former administration. Regarding the budget of MIC, 1.3 billion dollars – 30% of whole – will be reduced.

There are some changes for also budget of Cloud Computing. 10 million of cloud test bed construction budget is disappeared. However, budgets for local governments and for security will stay without changes.

J <http://itpro.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/NEWS/20091016/338944/>

NEC leverages the sales for cloud software and devices

Posted in Data Center, PaaS by Agile Cat on October 8, 2009

Oct.8 – NEC announced the development plan of IT peripheral devices for next three years. The company has focused on the growth of cloud computing, and will address to sell software and devices for datacenter utilizing.

As the first phase of new businesses, the company will deliver a management software that can reduces the failing detection time by ninety percent maximum.

J <http://www.nikkei.co.jp/news/sangyo/20091008AT1D080AA08102009.html>

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Fujitsu reconstructed industrial divisions

Posted in Economy, Industries, Large by Agile Cat on September 23, 2009

The company moved their 400 of engineers into subsidiaries so that the group can get power of specialized industrial fields. With the reconstruction, Fujitsu will focus also on the cloud computing.

J <http://www.itmedia.co.jp/enterprise/articles/0909/24/news084.html>

Kyushu University joined to the cloud of IBM and Google

Posted in Hadoop, Social by Agile Cat on September 9, 2009

Kyushu University joined to IBM/Google Cloud Computing University Initiative, as a first comer from Japanese universities. Same as Washington University, Carnegie Mellon University, and MIT, the university will be able to use larger clusters provides by IBM and Google.

Kyushuu University focuses on 3D maps, Hadoop distributed programming environment, and the relationship between private and public clouds.

J <http://www.itmedia.co.jp/enterprise/articles/0909/16/news079.html>