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‘Cloud First’ is Real – 360 Degrees Automation is the Way to go – Mr. Ashok Kaul

Mr. Ashok Kaul is a Senior Technical Director with NIC

NIC National Cloud, set up as part of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s ambitious initiative Meghraj, offers services to various government ministries, departments, and district administrations to host websites, portals, and web applications. There has been exponential demand from the government sector for NIC Cloud Services since its launch. 

Various ministries and departments are now focusing on service delivery instead of devoting their time and energy in procurement and management of IT infrastructure. Cloud has provided a huge support in the government’s progress towards digital transformation, and now government applications on cloud are focusing on mobile first to reach the citizen.

With the establishment of cloud services and adoption of ‘cloud first’ policy by the government, there has been a major shift in the data centre hosting patterns. New applications are now being hosted on the cloud and existing applications are being gradually moved to the cloud.

National Cloud Services are being offered from National Data Centres of NIC. Hosting services from NIC National Cloud are being provided for various critical e-Governance projects such as e-Vidhaan, e-Hospital, PM-Kisan, Manav Sampada, e-Transport, Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS), Swachh Bharat Mission, National Portal of India, Jeevan Pramaan, CCBS, NREGA, MyGOV, Digital Locker, JoSSA (Counselling), ORS, National Scholarship, e-NAM, mFMS, Cyber Swachhta Kendra, AirSewa, Digital India Portal, Shram Suvidha Portal, Prime Minister Office website, eNAM, Govt. Websites, e-Sahaj, UMANG, etc.

Cloud based services are providing a scalable platform for hosting government applications to reach citizens across the country. It has resulted in significant reduction in time to go live. Other benefits include OPEX in place of CAPEX, rapid deployment, optimum utilization of IT infrastructure, environment friendly, and higher compliance.

The future evolution of the NIC Cloud will see 360 degrees automation of various processes for management and provisioning of the cloud services. The applications in future will require greater agility, responsiveness, reliability, scalability and security. Moreover, a complex array of multi-vendor, multi-generation technologies and multi-location cloud environment will make the task of management more challenging in the future.

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