Launch of cloud computing hailed
LAHORE: Ministry of Information Technology Secretary Farooq Awan on Tuesday said cloud computing technology would encourage development of indigenous software and play a positive role in the progress of information technology in the country.
The secretary expressed these views while inaugurating the RapidCompute, Pakistan’s first cloud computing service, in a ceremony at a local hotel. He said the government had already initiated an e-government system.
About the RapidCompute, the secretary said the technology would benefit the software development industry in the country. Congratulating the management of the Cybernet, which introduced the RapidCompute, he said it was a unique service for the entire country. The secretary said the country needed skilful IT specialists and workers for its development.
The participants of the ceremony were informed that cloud computing was an advanced technology for availability of infrastructure (CPU, memory, storage and network transfer platforms and applications). Key features of cloud computing include possibility of quick provisioning, deployment and scaling up or down of cloud components. This allows the customers to use IT resources over the Internet, instead of physically owning them, thereby creating solutions that are robust, cost effective and accessible through a computer with Internet connectivity.
This technology allows users to avail computing resources via a rental model, thereby turning the access to IT resources from capital expenditure to operating expenditure. This takes care of issues such as overheads, technological obsolescence and costs involved in bringing a large variety of tools and technologies onboard.
The technology provides business agility by allowing users to increase or decrease their computing resources to meet their needs, budgets and time constraints. pr