Ministry of Defence launched Army Cloud, Data Centre & Digi-Locker for the Indian Army
The three initiatives are part of Digital Army Programme and aimed at transforming Indian Army from a Platform Centric to a Network Centric Force.
Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 9 November 2015 launched Army Cloud, Software Defined Data Centre and Digi-Locker facilities for the Indian Army at the Army Headquarters in New Delhi.
The three initiatives are aimed at catalysing automation and digitization of the Indian Army and help in transforming it from a Platform Centric to a Network Centric Force.
And, they are a part of Digital Army Programme which is in turn is part of the larger Digital India initiative.
Features of Army Cloud
The facility includes a Central Data Centre, a Near Line Data Centre, both in Delhi and a Disaster Recovery site for replication of its critical data along with virtualised servers and storage in an environmentally controlled complex.
It is similar to the Meghraj, the Cloud of National Informatics Centre (NIC), and will provide all IT infrastructure including servers for computing, storage, network and network security equipment centrally for automation of Indian Army.
Features of Software Defined Data Centre
The latest technologies in the field have been incorporated in its implementation wherein all the resources could be provisioned to different applications on the Cloud, on click of a button.
It has already started providing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to the pan Army users as the first Cloud service and will soon provide Software as a Service (SaaS).
Features of Digi-Locker
• It will provide a secure and exclusive data storage space to all the units and formation headquarters of the Army over its dedicated data network.
• It is similar to e-Locker of Digital India program and has all the advanced features like digital signatures and watermarking.
• It is an important step towards implementation of cyber security as it precludes carriage of soft copies of data on CDs/DVDs and removable media.
• By using this facility, users can store, share and access the data from anywhere any time on the Army Data Network.
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