Ministry sets up a cloud-computing service

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Ministry sets up a cloud-computing service

Global tech giants are competing fiercely in cloud services, and now a government body has thrown its hat into the ring.

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning is set to unveil a cloud platform called PaaS-TA (pronounced as pasta) today at a seminar held at the Korea Exchange’s main office in Yeouido, western Seoul.

The platform is a type of cloud computing system that allows developers to launch and manage web-based applications without the complexity of infrastructure creation and maintenance.

The major characteristic of PaaS-TA is improved compatibility across different platforms and six different languages being supported.

The ICT Ministry hopes state-run bodies, academic institutes and private companies will embrace the platform.

The first to use the service is Koscom, a state-run IT solutions company that supports the technology infrastructure of financial companies. The company signed a memorandum of understanding to pilot the program.

The ministry plans to offer PaaS-TA to a number of institutes and universities for free.

The ministry has worked for two years to launch the open cloud system in cooperation with different public and private companies, including the National Information Society Agency and software companies Hancom and Software In Life. Larger companies such as KT and LG N-Sys also cooperated in the project.

“The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning will fully support the stable operation of PaaS-TA,” Seo Seok-jin, deputy director general of the ministry, said.

The launch of a cloud computing service is part of the government’s initiative to promote the development of latest technologies such as cloud computing, big data and the Internet of Things.

The ICT Ministry announced a combined 973.6 billion won ($847 million) budget for this year last month to fund research and development in emerging technologies including cloud computing, 5G networks, autonomous cars and robots.

The investment is part of a government initiative called “Future Growth Engine Project,” through which it has pledged to spend a total of 5.6 trillion won on promising sectors by 2020.

Alongside the investment, the government also champions the adoption of cutting-edge technology in running data and government websites.

The ministry demanded state-run companies use such network-based computing so that workers who used to save data on a physical hard drive will be able to store data on a network.


BY PARK EUN-JEE [park.eunjee@joongang.co.kr]




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