India’s National Informatics Centre sets up cloud-enabled national data centre in Bhubaneswar

On 25 May, a press release said that the National Informatics Centre of India has set up a new state-of-the-art cloud-enabled National Data Centre (NDC) at Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.

On 28 May, the centre is inaugurated by the Union Minister of Electronics and Information and Technology Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad and supervised by the Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Mr Dharmendra Pradhan. The Data Centre, through the National Informatics Centre, will offer around-the-clock services with secure hosting applications of the Government and its departments through e-Governance.

The National Informatics Centre (NIC) was established in 1976 to develop and promote digital services and initiatives in the country. It has played an important part in improving the electronic services offered by the government, achieving wider transparency, and promoting decentralised planning and management that has led to better efficiency and accountability.

The National Informatics Centre has already established three other National Data Centres in the country, in Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune. The upcoming centres at Bhubaneswar, through a number of government departments, are expected to offer and improve a variety of different electronic and digital services including Backup services, Web Hosting services and Webcast services, among others.

According to the official press release, the National Informatics Centre plan to use its cloud services in Bhubaneswar to optimise the use and management of information technologies and to ensure its services and products are reliable, scalable and are provided with agility and elasticity. The cloud services will provide benefits like access to Information Communication and Technology (ICT) infrastructure and electronic services such as online training, consultancy, e-learning, conferencing etc.

The Data Centre is designed to be as effective as possible which will enable it to respond promptly to any infrastructure requirements. The press release noted it also aims to accommodate future technology improvements, distributed applications, database applications running on bare metal, virtualised applications running in multi-hypervisor environments, and cloud-based and other digital applications that are easily available on demand.

The press release stated that the National Informatics Centre has set up a centralised cloud environment to host various applications with a simple user interface and increased application responsiveness to support the new generation of distributed applications while accommodating existing virtualised and non-virtualised environments.

Through a modular design with software-defined ICT Infrastructure, the Data Centre will be able to facilitate providing digital services over cloud more efficiently. Implementing the programme in this way will also integrate it with the NIC National Cloud Services, the press release added.

The release also said that the National Cloud Service Centre at Bhubaneswar will provide on-demand access to ICT Infrastructure to ensure availability and quick deployment of its applications. The platforms of deployment to deliver the electronic services adhere to government policies and enable easy sharing of information across applications. The Data Centre will use a service-oriented approach to share ICT infrastructure. The initiative is a cost-effective and service-based method to share digital resources.

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