Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology launched the National Cloud under MeghRaj Initiative on 4 February 2014. The National Cloud is being implemented by National Information Centre (NIC).
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).
The features of the National Cloud includes self service portal, multiple Cloud solutions, secured VPN access and multi location Cloud.
Government of India embarked upon an ambitious initiative GI cloud named MeghRaj to utilize and harness the benefits of Cloud Computing.
The focus of GI cloud is to accelerate delivery of e-services while optimizing ICT spending of the Government. It 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.
GI Cloud Strategic Direction Paper and GI Cloud Adoption and Implementation Roadmap are two policy reports prepared by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY).
About Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is a type of computing that relies on sharing computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications.
In cloud computing, users access software applications remotely through the Internet or other network via a cloud application service provider.
What: National Cloud
When: 4 February 2014