Significance of Datacenters in The Digital India Vision

Of late, there has been fast-paced growth of cloud computing, with never-before demand for space for storage of data. This is leading to the proliferation of datacenters in India. There’s, however, a specious perception that growth of cloud technology is likely to lead to the demise of datacenters. The fact is that the growth of the cloud has led to increased of growth of datacenters and high-speed networks.

Data CenterAs the society is undergoing changes to become a digital economy, more growth of data happens, and more storage capabilities are needed to accommodate the additional data created, so it could be used seamlessly across Internet users throughout the globe.

It’s for this reason that Chief Technology Officers (CIOs) and Chief Information Officer (CIOs) across companies are on the watch for new places where they can store an enormous amount of data and use it efficiently and securely. The digital revolution in India is moving ahead at a higher rate than expected. Efforts are afoot to make the goal of making India digitally active before 2019, and make e-governance move at a faster rate. This is a good thing for the future of the data center market in India. This is because the datacenters will play a significant role in making successful government programs such as Make in India, E-Governance and Digital India.

Current Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in India

With enhanced investment in the ‘Digital India’ initiative, ICT is likely to be used on a larger scale in 2016. The focus will be on allowing government service on mobile devices and increased use of broadband, thus aiding the government’s ICT initiatives. This will help the government to deliver its services to citizens as well as the world faster and more effectively. In view of this, the government has formulated an efficient Datacenter strategy. The initiative is akin to the one in Australia, known for their quality services.

Government’s role

Government creates a massive amount of data that has to be stored securely in datacenters. Because of the confidential nature of information collected from citizens, the government is mandated to make sure the datacenters function at the top level of efficiency. Regardless of size, state as well as national governments need to undertake a large number of e-governance functions with the aid of datacenters.

The implications of government’s e-governance measures are apparent as state governments, one after another, are recognizing the importance of datacenters and the value addition they make by serving citizens more efficiently.

The other instances where state governments could deploy datacenters are entertaining bill paying services with respect to city services, information on departments in a particular ward such as parks and recreation, garbage collection and water,  finance, public works, transportation, emergency management and so on.

These trends highlight the rapid growth of datacenter infrastructure market. The trend started in September 2015, when Microsoft listed its investment goals in India in states such as Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Also, similar initiatives were reported to be made by Amazon in 2016.

Benefits of technology

The current initiative on datacenters is aimed at improving the delivery of government services across the country by minimizing waste and bringing changes in the way that government agencies manage and consolidate data. The state as well as union government should consider the virtualization of critical applications that deliver important benefits. This is an important step towards integration in cloud and delving services therefrom.

It’s important to note that these applications demand top quality security, performance, resilience, and operational efficiency. It’s for this reason that it becomes important to reduce storage space, which results in lower costs as well as lower amount of physical footprint.

Datacentres helps boost the efficiency of government systems and lowers environmental impact in the process. When integrated with smart solutions, it enables governments to save and manage data without the need to build new datacenters. A smart solution encompasses UPSs, power management systems, monitoring and control technologies, fire suppression and precision cooling. Smart solutions are highly advantageous for government agencies because they help the government to implement big IT initiatives despite limitations on budget.

These smart solutions are likely to help cut cost of power and cooling by 30% and improve the IT administration requests responses by 40%. Further, it can standardize and automate processes and enable savings to the tune of 30%, leading to reduction in operational expenditure significantly.

As datacenters are to play crucial role in government operation, the government must analyze the various concealed potential dangers, primarily risks which can impair strategic operations, internal processes and financial performance of government operations.

To mitigate the risk to efficient operations of datacenters, the government has to make sure to create an appropriate system that’s  sustainable for continuous service even when a catastrophe occurs. Further, the operation should easily and efficiently scale up to meet the future challenges.

The future course

Virtualization, ultra-modern cooling technologies, and datacenter infrastructure management are bringing a new way of working in datacenters, with IT departments of states and Union government going along by augmenting and acquiring new skills. The objective needs to be to make the processes simple,leading to automation and faster delivery of government services. This is likely to help the authorities to optimize the number of personnel required to handle citizens’ demands. According to research by Gartner, datacenters are likely to constitute an important area where government spend is going to be significant. There will also be demand from state governments for the right technology partner to spot and implement technologies that could help them achieve economies of cost and boost datacenter efficiency.

 

 

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