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Taiwan cloud computing group sets up four task forces

Taiwan cloud computing group sets up four task forces

Taipei, July 7 (CNA) A group comprising more than 60 local high-tech firms announced Wednesday that it has set up four task forces to promote cloud computing.
The Taiwan Cloud Computing Consortium said that the four task forces include one committee on cloud systems, one on cloud services, one on regulations and standards, and another on technology cooperation and promotion.
The high-tech companies established the consortium in April with help from the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Cloud computing refers to providing services and data stored on the Internet -- the "cloud" -- so that users can gain access to the services and data through computers, TVs and smartphones connected to the Web.
President of the consortium Lu Shyue-ching, who is also chairman of Taiwan's largest telecom operator, Chunghwa Telecom, made the announcement at a convention on Wednesday.
Representatives of the Executive Yuan announced at the meeting that the Cabinet will invest NT$24 billion (US$745 million) over the next five years to develop cloud computing.
Chunghwa Telecom Vice President Lee Yen-sung will lead the cloud services committee, while Su Meng-tsung, director of the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center under the semi-official Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) , will be in charge of the regulations and standards committee.
Chiueh Tzi-cker, director of a cloud computing center at the ITRI, will head the cloud systems committee and David Chen, secretary-general of the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association, will lead the technology cooperation and promotion committee.
The consortium said it is preparing facilities to begin providing service to its members by the end of this month.
(By Pan Chi-i and Frances Huang)