SingTel has secured two key tenders awarded by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) to accelerate the Singapore government’s adoption of cloud computing.
SingTel has been awarded a five-year tender to deploy a private cloud computing infrastructure on a whole-of-government basis. To be rolled out by the end of 2012, the G-Cloud marks the first private cloud infrastructure to be developed on such a scale to cover all government bodies in Singapore.
SingTel will provide and maintain G-Cloud for an initial five years with the option for renewal of a further five years.
The G-Cloud is a whole-of-government private cloud infrastructure that is multi-tenanted and meets the required security assurance for the government. The G-Cloud will deliver benefits of cloud computing which includes virtualization, multi-tenancy, automation with on-demand provisioning and rapid scalability of G-Cloud resources. The adoption of the G-Cloud services redefines the government sector’s delivery of e-services, both internally and to the public.
SingTel also scored another feather in the cap when it was awarded the Cloud Services Bulk Tender by IDA to offer public cloud services to the government. This is part of IDA’s plan to support the growth and competitiveness of Singapore industries by promoting the use of cloud services. The tender mandates SingTel to provide public cloud services to the government for two years, with the option of a further one year extension.
The public cloud services include compute, storage and software services that enable the government to simply deploy the applications and projects in the cloud and pay for the usage without owning the IT infrastructure.