Baby steps towards cloud computing

Baby steps towards cloud computing

Operators of childcare centres here are going all out to make sure their IT capabilities can keep up with the boom in the childcare sector.

Take NTUC First Campus (NFC), which has more than 30 years of experience in providing early childhood care and education for example. As a cooperative under the National Trades Union Congress, it runs more than 100 childcare centres across the island.

"The demand for childcare has gone up tremendously over the past few years," said NFC's senior manager for corporate communications, Ms Mabel Loy.

"Before 2009, we had 50 centres for the longest time. That number has doubled within four years."

Four years ago, one in five children aged five to six attended childcare centres. Today, the number is one in three.

For children aged 18 months to four years, the number has risen from one in four to one in three. While in the past, organisations would buy additional servers and software licences to cope with a spike in IT needs, the advent of cloud computing means that they can simply request cloud service providers to add more computing capacity on the fly.

The cooperative did just that because it plans to open 50 more centres over the next two years. Last September, it moved its entire IT operations to a private cloud run by Japanese IT service provider Fujitsu.

Unlike shared IT resources hosted on public clouds, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, IT resources on private clouds are exclusive to one company.

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