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Local government cloud in Japan is coming to the serious aspect of affairs

Posted in Government, Social by japanclouds on February 11, 2010

Local government cloud in Japan is coming to the serious aspect of affairs. It entered by the end of this month, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and each prefecture announced the plan about local government cloud deployment. They show the very useful system on condition of sharing of resources, and are what should be welcomed. However, there is no perfect policy etc. anywhere. Therefore, media need to point out a problem and need to make people think.

I was surprised for me to read the report of Nikkei. It is because the question from media or problem institution do not exist there at all. Japanese people call their country Galapagos masochistically about the market of a cellular phone. Although it is wrong to criticize only media, it cannot be denied that they are also responsible.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will perform the hearing about cloud to people. About it, post is due to be carried out to later. The administrative organization is more sensitive to a computing era than media in Japan.

 

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Mr. Takachi of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications made reference on February 4 about the development experimentation of local government cloud by 6 prefectures 66 cities in 2009. And it explained "Economy of scale is born by each local government sharing a system, and mitigation of the expense burden of computerization can be expected."

Moreover, it goes into the stage which invites a public comment by the end of this month also about "maintenance of an ASP/SaaS introduction guideline", and standardization of the kind and expressive form of data, a character code, an external character, etc. is also advanced. On the other hand, the decision is also advanced about the standard specification of service so that the shift to cloud may not cause vendor lock in.   And the negative view was shown about public cloud’s use by  local government.

The local government cloud and various kinds of ASP/SaaS are employed by "LGWAN" which is the closed network. It is recognition called what is called private cloud there.

http://itpro.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/NEWS/20100204/344243/

 

In order to pull out a cost merit, administrative organization and private enterprises need to use cloud together, therefore consciousness reform is important. Mr. Yasuhiro Yamato of Oita Prefecture pointed out the subject at the time of a local government using cloud in "all-prefectures CIO forum 2010 spring meeting" held on February 4. Oita Prefecture and Miyazaki Prefecture install a  local government cloud promotion conference, which the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications advocates is undertaken.

And a cost merit does not come out in IaaS which only a  local government uses. Administrative organization and private enterprises indicated that consciousness reform of using the same data center is important. Furthermore, there is no resistance to this joint use, and the view that it can promote was shown.

http://itpro.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/NEWS/20100204/344227/

 

February 4 and Hokkaido announced the outline of local government cloud experimentation via a network. 18 cities, towns and villages in Hokkaido participate in this experiment, and it is provided with data etc. It is due to look for the private entrepreneur for building a system simultaneously, and to contract in April. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications promotes this actual proof experiment. And five prefectures, such as Kyoto and Saga Prefecture, participate besides Hokkaido.  As a budget for that, 370 million yen is added up in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

http://www.nikkei.co.jp/news/retto/20100204c3c0401304.html

Miyazaki and Oita prefectures start the local government cloud sharing

Posted in Government by japanclouds on January 21, 2010

Jan.21 – The joint 1st time of promotion conference task force of "self-governing body cloud" where 10 cities of Miyazaki and Oita prefectures share a computing system. The sectional meeting was held by the Nobeoka Miyazaki local government office, and 120 persons-concerned abbreviation of each self-governing body was present. Eight task forces, such as a "resident information related business system" and a "tax operating system", were prepared, and the schedule which conducts an actual proof experiment from October was checked.

J <http://www.nishinippon.co.jp/nnp/item/147687>

Keio University supports Otaki village for their sightseeing biz

Posted in Government, Industries, Social by Agile Cat on January 3, 2010

Jan.4 – Using the cloud computing, the university supports Otaki village in Nagano prefecture. The small village wants to promote their sightseeing business with small budget, and  pays attention to the cloud computing. It’s a kind of pioneer of use case for cloud computing, in the very small local governments.

J <http://www.shinmai.co.jp/news/20100105/a-6.htm

Nihon Unisys joins to the R&D of Saga Prefecture

Posted in Government, Large, Unisys by Agile Cat on December 15, 2009

Dec.15 – The company announced to join into the R&D project for local government cloud  of Saga Prefecture on Jan.2010. In this project, Nihon Unisys will collaborate with HP Japan, Cisco Japan and NetApp. It means the entrance for Japanese local government cloud, the company said.

J <http://release.nikkei.co.jp/detail.cfm?relID=239040&lindID=1>