Kapil Sibal launches ‘MeghRaj’, a government cloud

Kapil Sibal, minister of communications and information technology has launched the ‘MeghRaj’, a government cloud.

Meghraj is being implemented by NIC to utilise and harness the benefits of Cloud Computing. The government of India has embarked upon an ambitious initiative – ‘GI Cloud’ which has been named as ‘MeghRaj’.

The focus of this initiative is to accelerate delivery of e-services in the country while optimizing ICT spending of the government. This will ensure optimum utilization of the infrastructure and speed up the development and deployment of e-Gov applications.

The architectural vision of GI Cloud encompasses a set of discrete cloud computing environments spread across multiple locations, built on existing or new (augmented) infrastructure, following a set of common protocols, guidelines and standards issued by the government of India.

The national cloud will help the departments to procure ICT services on demand in the OPEX model rather than investing upfront on the CAPEX. The cloud services available are infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS) and storage as a service (STaaS).

Some of the features of the national cloud include self service portal, multiple Cloud solutions, secured VPN access and multi location Cloud. NIC is providing Cloud services under the umbrella of ‘MeghRaj’.

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