Will Cloud Computing replace the traditional data centers and emerge as the prominent solution for data analytics and storage in government within this decade? Experts say ‘yes’.
Known as the on-demand delivery of IT resources over the internet, Cloud computing practices are prevalent in the IT projects of the Central government. Cloud computing is slowly but steadily replacing the traditional data centers in the government.
Public-interface Central ministries are continuing to lead administration reforms using technology. Finance, railways, urban affairs, communication and home are among the departments already making an influential impact in G2G, G2C and G2E services while direct benefit transfer (DBT), driven by the finance ministry is among national schemes, complementing the government’s vision, which is now popularly known as digital economy.
At present, several ministries in the Central government are using Cloud computing for their ongoing IT projects and many more will switch over to this new practice in the near future. The ability to reduce costs for businesses that utilize cloud computing over time is one of the main advantages of this technology. Reliability, scalability, user-friendly, security and easy file and data backup are other reasons for the cloud computing shift in the government.
Satyajit Rao, senior general manager of the National Institute of Smart Government (NISG), a not-for-profit company incorporated in 2002 by the Government of India and NASSCOM with its head office in Hyderabad, asserted that “Within this decade, Cloud computing would replace the traditional data centers and emerge as the prominent solution for data analytics and storage.”
Capacity building in Cloud computing for Central and state government officials
Fusing the two together, the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) organized the first batch of capacity building program in Cloud computing for government officials of central line ministries, state/UT departments, mission mode project officers, e-Governance project heads and state e-mission teams.
A two-day program was held on August 4-5, 2022, at the Haryana Institute of Public Administration covering participants from Delhi-NCR.
The program is designed to build capacities, within the government at both the Central and state levels, by adapting a synchronized approach to ensure the availability of adequate knowledge, appropriate competencies and skill-set to optimally utilize the huge benefits of cloud computing in e- Governance practices.
Projects with cloud computing offer integration management with automated problem resolution, manage security end-to-end, and help budget based on actual usage of data. At a national level, cloud architectures can benefit the government to simultaneously utilize resources optimally and also accelerate the delivery of e-services. Project ‘Meghraj’, for instance, is an initiative of the Government of India with the aim of GI Cloud (Meghraj) initiative to fast-track delivery of e-services in the country, while optimizing information and communications technology (ICT) spending of the government.
Setting the context of the programme, Satya Meena, Director – Capacity Building, NeGD, said, “Technology has been leapfrogging over the past two decades and one such technology rapidly scaling up is the Cloud-based systems driving businesses and touching every aspect of our daily lives. Anything that is available via the internet has the service being delivered out of a cloud-based application and IT infrastructure.”
The program’s course director, Satyajit Rao, Senior General Manager, NISG, asserted that “Within this decade, Cloud computing would replace the traditional data centers and emerge as the prominent solution for data analytics and storage.”
The workshop brought together an array of subject matter experts from the industry, the academia and the government to speak on key domain issues, such as Cloud fundamentals, India’s Cloud journey, Cloud building blocks, procurement of Cloud services, regulatory and policy framework for Cloud. , challenges associated with Cloud implementation and future of Cloud on digital transformation, with engaging presentations on successful Cloud use cases.
Session discussions also featured essential training on various components of Cloud computing, such as custom bidding for Cloud services, the establishment of Pay-per-use and billing frequency with Cloud service providers, negotiation instruments for dynamic services under Cloud, best practices in Cloud procurement , focus on the Computing requirements, TRAI and MeitY guidelines on Cloud Computing and ITU global standards on Cloud Computing.
Witnessing attendance from 31 participants – mostly officers from Central Line Ministries, New Delhi and state governments of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Goa, Mizoram and Uttarakhand – capacity-building programs on the theme of cloud computing would move forward with physical programs to be conducted in the east, west and south zones of India this year.