Govt eyeing private data center to host cloud computing

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Brazil's government is looking to embrace cloud computing, but wants to have its own data center to host and store data, the head of the planning ministry's logistics and IT department, Delfino Natal de Souza, was quoted as saying by online news source Convergência Digital.

According to Souza, the government has already begun to invest in cloud computing, but it wants to stay in possession of its strategic data, making use of state-owned data processing companies like Serpro and Dataprev.

According to official, the idea was born within a group created last year comprising representatives from the planning and science and technology ministries, along with Serpro, Dataprev and state-owned telecom provider Telebrás.

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The logistics and IT planning head said it was necessary for the government to come up with an operational way to integrate, coordinate and provide timely access to information generated in the cloud.

At the same time, the government intends to launch some public cloud computing data, to be available to all citizens and provided by the national infrastructure for open data (INDA).

In a near future, the cloud will also be used to provide public services, such as issuing electronic tax receipts (Nota Fiscal Eletrônica).