Government services will be more accessible to citizens, businesses, and other agencies as GovCloud accelerates the deployment of agencies' services and data online, said Undersecretary Denis F. Villorente of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). Villorente emphasized the role of cloud computing in reducing costs and improving operational efficiency of agencies during the official launch of GovCloud on 28 March 2017 at Novotel Manila.
Representatives from the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Advanced Science and Technology Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, and Vibal Group officially launch the GovCloud.
GovCloud is a complete cloud solution that provides agencies the benefits of virtualization and cloud computing. The cloud infrastructure allows sharing and integration of resources among agencies and serves as a centralized data repository. It offers flexible technical specifications depending on the requirements of each client. With the careful planning of GovCloud's architecture, DICT further assured agencies of the security and reliability of the cloud infrastructure. Agencies may avail of the service by submitting a request to the DICT. Each requesting agency will then be assigned to an organizational unit. After this, an account ID will be issued to access the GovCloud. According to Villorente, “the establishment of the cloud infrastructure is a step closer to the realization of the instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte to build a government portal.” The GovCloud will be used to feature the data and services of agencies to the National Government Portal (NGP). GovCloud is a joint project of the DICT and the Advanced Science and Technology Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ASTI) in partnership with Vibal Group, Amazon Web Services, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft Azure, Indra Philippines, and Philcox Philippines.