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 Friday, 1st April 2011, 16:46:48

Cloud computing set to be introduced by UK government

Cloud computing set to be introduced by UK government

The government looks set to introduce cloud computing over the coming years, after a new report revealed that cloud services will give it the capability "to respond to changing operational needs".

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, revealed the ideas in the latest Government IT Strategy, which said that government ICT has been given a bad name for failing to deliver on big ICT projects and programmes.

Furthermore, it will look at reducing its carbon footprint and help cut costs by 35 per cent in the next five years.

It comes only a day after IBM announced it will be opening a new cloud computing centre in Singapore to help businesses across Asia Pacific use data centres and save money.

Mr Maude's report added that cloud will help the government become flexible with the changing nature of technology.

"Cloud computing delivers infrastructure, platform or software as a utility service, giving government the capability to respond to changing operational needs," he said.

"The standardised cloud platform will also allow developers, especially SMEs, to generate innovative solutions."

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