Microsoft, IBM, among others, to provide cloud services to government departments

Grazed from VCCircle. Author: Mansi Taneja.

In sync with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s Digital India initiative, the ministry of electronics and information technology (IT) plans to bring in private operators to provide cloud-based services for government departments, according to government officials.

As part of the exercise aimed at facilitating various e-governance initiatives, the ministry has shortlisted 11 firms including Microsoft India Pvt. Ltd, IBM India Pvt. Ltd, Tata Communications Ltd and Sify Technologies Ltd, among others, for empanelment to offer cloud services for an initial period of two years. This period can be extended by another year...

Currently, the government departments are dependent on data centres of the National Informatics Centre (NIC), under the IT ministry. NIC has set up national data centres at the NIC headquarters, New Delhi, Pune and Hyderabad, and 30 small data centres at various state capitals to provide services to the government. As many as 250 government departments and entities avail the national cloud services from NIC data centres...

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