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Thailand prepares to be cloud hub

Posted: 28 Dec 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cloud computing? cloud technology?

According to a report by the Bangkok Post, Software Park Thailand is preparing to promote the country as a cloud outsourcing hub in the region over the next five years. The plan is expected to create IT job opportunities and attract revenue to the country.

Frost & Sullivan has predicted that 30 percent of countries in the Asia Pacific region will adopt cloud computing. Cloud technology is seen to be valued at $82.9 billion by 2016. Even the U.S. and Taiwan governments are investing to promote the adoption of rental cloud-based services among small and medium-sized enterprises for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum to improve competitiveness. This move will promote their cloud systems in the global market.

At a recent seminar, Craig Allen, a representative of the International Trade Administration under the U.S. Department of Commerce, said his country is planning to introduce cloud for both developed and developing countries.

The report also said, Ming-Cheng Sheng, director-general for the IT division of the Institute for Information Industry Chinese in Taipei, has mentioned that Thailand aims to export cloud-related products and services, especially a cloud data center. The country is also promoting domestic use of cloud among government, manufacturing, media and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Wimonkan Kosumas, deputy director-general of the office of small and medium enterprise promotion, said the Thai government needs to strengthen IT capability for its 2.9 million SMEs to compete with more companies as free trade liberalizing markets, particularly the planned Asean Economic Community. Wimonkan added that cloud enables companies to use technology at a lower cost through a subscription-based service, compared to traditional license and purchasing models that require large investments upfront.

To achieve that goal, Software Park is cooperating with the Association of Thai Professionals in America and Canada to train cloud developers on the global cloud platforms of Amazon EC2, Google App Engine and Microsoft Azure.

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