Maharashtra govt soon to shift departments’ data to cloud

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Cloud ComputingAfter unveiling its public cloud policy recently, Government of Maharashtra is soon to instruct all its departments to shift their data to cloud.

The government resolution (GR), which is supposed to be issued by the state government, is most likely to fix October as the deadline meant for the departments for shifting their storage to the cloud.

“The state is keen not to have any new data centres. All the information, from all departments, should be shifted to the cloud,” said SVR Srinivas, the state IT secretary. The IT department will be helping all the departments shift the data.

Officials from the Information Technology (IT) department believe that the move will help in accelerating the e-governance and will help in accessing the data instantly.

As per the official data, more than one lakh documents are produced everyday and there is a requirement to store these pieces of information, across 75 centralised data centres. This initiative will incur a high maintenance cost.

Two months age Government of Maharashtra had formed a four-member committee in a bid to draft a policy framework on the usage of cloud. The documented submitted by the committee is now adopted as the public cloud policy.

The policy is most likely to set up a detailed government resolution and in the next three months nearly five to six cloud service brands will be empanelled. In adherence to the framework, the Centre will soon make cloud data storage as a mandatory step across the country.

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