Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My Interview with Taiwan Cloud Leader George Wang

Who isn't impressed by Taiwan? Isolated diplomatically, its 20 million+ people crammed onto a relatively small island, the country has achieved world leadership in much of the computing hardware industry over the past 20 years.

Now, it's focusing attention on Cloud Computing in a big way. It wants to build more than just traditional computing hardware, but also build new Cloud devices, and deliver services. It sees China as one of its big markets--business has flourished on the continent despite the political delicacy.

I was able to catch George Wang, EVP of Taiwan's Institute for Information Industry (III), one of the prime movers behind Cloud in Taiwan.

He sees Cloud as a "golden opportunity" for Taiwan, and he has a time of between 500 and 600 R&D researchers to aid the cause. The government has allocated 24 billion Taiwan dollars toward Cloud Computing (about $730 million), and sees a "trillion-dollar opportunity" in local dollars.