As governments continue to embrace public, private and hybrid clouds, the options continue to evolve.
The purpose of Smarter Cities is to ensure a more convenient life for citizens by generating various information types from all human behaviors and situations, such as the number of people waiting for the bus at the bus stop, bus numbers they wait for, road traffic conditions that affect the bus arrival time, music they listen to, and many others. To manage massive amounts of various data types generated rapidly every day, big data technology is essential for the Smarter Cities environment.
Note: Through the end of the year, we’ll be posting one blog per day from our top 10 “greatest hits” from Thoughts on Cloud since we launched in September. This post is #5 and was originally published on Nov. 1.
I visited two cities in China, Chongqing (重庆), and Beijing (北京) in October for personal purposes. Both cities are Municipalitites directly under the central government (or Municipality in short). Beijing is the capital. Chongqing was promoted to the Municipality status only 14 years ago in 1997, but its estimated GDP in 2010 had already grown to 723 billion RMB yuan (or $114 billion), more than half of Beijing’s GDP the same year.
Most of the cloud discussions happening today are related to large enterprises because they can gain significant benefits from the cloud environment. What about government, its institutions and agencies? Can the cloud model become a model for them, influence the way they work, their operations, and their efficiency? Will the government adopt a cloud model?