India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi has unveiled an ambitious plan to bring the cloud to every Indian citizen. The website—MyGov.in—will store citizens’ vital records (e.g. birth, death, or marriage certificates) in a huge, easily-accessible digital locker.
China also has its eye on the cloud, initiating a cloud-computing program in its 13th Five Year Plan. The prospect has both Chinese and foreign companies salivating, with the cloud market in China estimated to grow to almost $5 billion by 2015. Companies there are jockeying for position to be the country’s supplier of security products.
Finally, NASA has set its sights a little lower than the moon—the agency is currently undergoing a massive cloud migration, freeing 110 of its applications from the surly bonds of physical storage space. It’s got far to go, though. Many of its applications were and are running on outdated systems and involved huge amounts of sensitive information.