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South Korea to move 60% of e-government services to cloud by 2017

The world's leader in e-government will have moved a further 750 services to the cloud by the end of 2016, with the transition to greatly improve the maintenance and delivery of e-government services.

South Korea is leveraging its hyper-fast connectivity and LTE penetration to e-government services, with more than 60 percent of them to be moved to cloud computing by 2017.

The country will move over 400 e-government services to the cloud by the end of this year and another 350 by the end of 2016.

Cloud computing employs a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than having a local server or a personal computer. Simple examples of widely-used cloud computing include web apps, like Dropbox, and cloud-based services such as Google Drive and Apple's iCloud.

South Korea is essentially extending the logic and efficiency of these services to delivering government services. The country already leads the world in terms of e-government, and was ranked first by the United Nations e-government development index in 2014, with Australia, Singapore, and Japan close behind.

The Integrated Government IT Center, a branch of South Korea's Ministry of Government and Home Affairs, said the move will greatly improve the maintenance and delivery of e-government services.

The country's National Computing & Information Center, which led South Korea's drive in e-government services, celebrated the 10th anniversary of its establishment on Friday.

Source: ZDNet.co.kr