The alternatives and dangers of cloud adoption in Singapore

By | August 13, 2021

Since 2018, Singapore’s authorities has been shifting some methods from on-premises infrastructure to industrial cloud platforms. “This can assist us develop functions and companies in a quicker and extra scalable approach,” stated Tan Kiat How, Singapore’s  minister of state for Nationwide Growth, on the latest Singapore Pc Society (SCS) Cloud Convention, which focussed on cloud and synthetic intelligence (AI).

SCS President Chong Yoke Sin emphasised that small and medium enterprises ought to use the general public cloud as they can not afford to spend money on servers, storage, and networking gear. A number of segments of the personal sector—together with tens of hundreds of companies—have additionally benefitted from varied authorities digitalisation programmes, which strongly help the adoption of cloud know-how, she stated.

In contrast, the development business has lagged in cloud adoption, Tan stated. However there’s no cause for that lag right this moment: “Among the many options pre-approved for presidency help, 95% of them are cloud-based.” The only exceptions are methods for rendering designs and 3D modelling, which requires high-performance in-premises computing.


The cloud is changing into the brand new regular, underpinning the world’s economic system, international provide chains, and distant workforce, stated SCS Cloud Chapter President Anton Ravindran. “Technological developments similar to AI and IoT [internet of things] are already enjoying a serious position in reshaping our future, the place the cloud will stay the spine,” he stated.

Anton stated AI is probably going to enhance the effectivity and velocity of cloud computing. “Autonomous automobiles, good houses, good metropolis infrastructure, good meals, good sewage, good every thing … wherever smarter algorithms will be deployed and delivered by way of the cloud will step by step change into mainstream,” he stated. “Revolutionary software units and functions primarily based on NLP [natural language processing], object imaginative and prescient, and picture recognition will quickly be extensively deployed within the cloud. Add to this 5G [cellular networks], edge computing, and fog computing, there might be some critically futuristic prospects past what we’ve got seen thus far within the cloud, and the speed of change will solely proceed to speed up.”

Nonetheless, there lurk cybersecurity challenges within the alternatives that cloud-powered good methods deliver to private and non-private organisations. Raju Chellam, chairman of the Cloud and Information Requirements at Singapore’s IT Requirements Committee, warned about AI being more and more utilized by malware bots and hackers. “The majority of apps and workloads are working on the cloud, and tons of private {and professional} information reside within the cloud,” he stated. “CIOs due to this fact have an important duty to make sure that the info is protected, requirements and rules are complied with, and the enterprise of the corporate is just not impacted. AI instruments will be of nice worth right here.”

However AI comes with its personal dangers. “What’s lacking within the AI dialog is the position of ethics,” Chellam stated. Probably the most notable effort in Asia, “which might be a primary in Asia and even on this planet”, is the AI Ethics and Governance Physique of Data (BoK) of which Chellam is the chief editor. The BoK is a collaboration between SCS and the Infocomm Media Growth Authority (IMDA), a statutory board of the Singapore authorities, underneath the Ministry of Communications and Data.