The Government of India has launched the National Cloud, MeghRaj, in order to accelerate delivery of e-services in the country, while optimizing ICT spending of the Government.
The project launched by Kapil Sibal, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, will come under the government’s ‘MeghRaj’ Initiative and is being implemented by NIC. The initiative under MeghRaj, formerly known as GI Cloud, will ensure better development and deployment of eGov applications with better utilisation of the existing infrastructure.
MeghRaj will encompass a set of discrete cloud computing environments spread across multiple locations, which is built on existing or new (augmented) infrastructure. It will follow a set of common protocols, guidelines and standards issued by the Government of India.
Two Policy reports i.e ‘GI Cloud Strategic Direction Paper’ and ‘GI Cloud Adoption and Implementation Roadmap’ have been prepared by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY).
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).
Some of the features of the National Cloud include self service portal, multiple Cloud solutions, secured VPN access and multi location Cloud.