Cloud computing has caught up in India. It is being seen as the cornerstone of the Digital India vision of the government. A strong cloud infrastructure will provide the required flexibility and scalability to that will enable the digital transformation which today has many stake holders including enterprises, MSMEs, government bodies and citizens.
Sunil Mahale, India MD and VP, Nutanix explains how cloud computing and evolved data centres will power India’s priority of ‘Digital-first country’. Excerpts:
On how cloud computing is the basis of the digital India vision:
Digital India envisions creating high speed digital highways that will impact commerce and create a digital footprint for every individual. Meanwhile, digital transformation has been recognized as being vital to the growth of our nation. This transformation has enjoyed the unanimous approval and contribution from all stake holders. But this level of adoption in a country with a population of over a billion people would need a robust technology base that is capable to collecting and distributing vital data seamlessly.
Technologies based on mobility, analytics, Internet of things and most importantly, cloud technologies are the building blocks for the digital India mission. As a matter of fact, cloud computing has a pivotal role in enabling this change.
Technology trends impacting the government IT:
There are three trends that are impacting government IT today. First is virtualization and cloud. Then Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and the third is flexible infrastructure for application development and delivery. Through digital cloud services, the government bodies and other stake holders in the Digital India vision will be able to manage huge volumes of data, and making them readily available to public.
This will be made possible through virtualization. It enables a hyper-converged infrastructure that integrates servers and storage in a single appliance. This in turn will provide flexibility to support new IT offerings, such as analytics, that help government employees improve services to constituents.
Flexibility and scalability are what will help Government IT gain agility:
From a smartphone app used by one employee to a complex information system used by hundreds, the ability to deliver any application at any scale is essential for government IT. This scalability requires an infrastructure that can quickly deliver the right resources for compute requirements, storage capacity and application performance. Yet different applications commonly used for government functions require different types of resources and performance levels. For example, a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) application needs more storage capacity than compute capability, while transaction-oriented applications are often compute-intensive and don’t require as much data storage.
How government can leverage on private cloud and Infrastructure as a Service:
One key to agility — in both government and IT — is having the right resources ready to go at a moment’s notice, but to use them only when they are truly needed. That agility is behind the idea of IaaS on hyper-converged infrastructure: delivering computing, storage and network resources on demand to application developers and users.
This environment operates like a private cloud, where the IT infrastructure can serve more applications and users without the need to add more staff. IT can automate many operational tasks around provisioning and orchestration, which makes it easier to activate or repurpose servers as needed. Additionally, automated configuration and management of IT resources means IT staff can focus on strategic, high-value activities. By creating a private internal cloud, the IT managers within government institutions also can reduce concerns that come with using untrusted or shared cloud services, including security, compliance and audit trails.
New age data centres are the basis of all transformation and government IT needs to take note of it:
While Data centers have become crucial to this transformation, IT leaders increasingly recognize that current data centers have reached their limits for supporting how state and local governments need to work and provide services. Lightening the load to adapt to increasing demand is the principle many government IT managers have in mind as they look to make data centers more efficient, flexible and capable for delivering new services. Government data centers are evolving to take advantage of virtualization, especially for servers and storage. Government IT departments are also prioritizing investments in data center consolidation and new technologies to enable higher IT service levels. The goal is to capture the associated benefits of higher data center efficiency and optimization, as well as reduced capital and operational expenses.
The foundation of India’s digital transformation dream:
An agile government is one that has the information, applications and computing capabilities that keep pace with the fast-paced changes in citizen and employee expectations for services. By considering the data center trends discussed, IT can make the infrastructure simpler while also delivering services that make government better. Cloud has demonstrated the capability to digitize the governance system while proving to be cost efficient. The global world is eager to see India embrace the Cloud Computing frontier led by technology capabilities to improve people’s lives.