Cloud Com­put­ing Pow­er­ing In­dia

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 in­clud­ing en­ter­prises, MSMEs, govern­ment bod­ies and cit­i­zens. But this le

Dataquest - - CONTENTS - (The au­thor is In­dia MD and VP, Nu­tanix)

Dig­i­tal In­dia en­vi­sions cre­at­ing high speed dig­i­tal high­ways, that will im­pact com­merce and cre­ate a dig­i­tal foot­print for ev­ery in­di­vid­ual. Tech­nolo­gies based on mo­bil­ity, an­a­lyt­ics, In­ter­net of things and most im­por­tantly, cloud tech­nolo­gies are the build­ing blocks for the dig­i­tal In­dia mis- sion. There is a grow­ing need to man­age huge vol­umes of data, and mak­ing them read­ily avail­able to pub­lic through dig­i­tal cloud ser­vices. Cloud has a piv­otal role in en­abling this change.

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 IT de­part­ments are also pri­or­i­tiz­ing in­vest­ments in data cen­ter con­sol­i­da­tion and new tech­nolo­gies to en­able higher IT ser­vice lev­els.

There are three trends that are im­pact­ing govern­ment IT to­day: Vir­tu­al­iza­tion and cloud In­fras­truc­ture as a ser­vice (IaaS) Flex­i­ble in­fras­truc­ture for ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment and de­liv­ery


The tra­di­tional im­age of a data cen­ter is a cav­ernous room filled with rows of equip­ment racks and whirring, blink­ing boxes. This re­al­ity is fast dis­ap­pear­ing as ad­vances in vir­tu­al­iza­tion tech­nol­ogy pack more ca­pa­bil­i­ties into smaller de­vices. Govern­ment data cen­ters are evolv­ing to take ad­van­tage of vir­tu­al­iza­tion, es­pe­cially for servers and stor­age. The goal is to cap­ture the as­so­ci­ated ben­e­fits of higher data cen­ter ef­fi­ciency and op­ti­miza­tion, as well as re­duced cap­i­tal and op­er­a­tional ex­penses.

The data cen­ter model is also evolv­ing to sup­port pri­vate cloud and IT as a ser­vice to ac­com­plish IT projects faster and more ef­fec­tively. Vir­tu­al­iza­tion en­ables a hy­per-con­verged in­fras­truc­ture that in­te­grates servers and stor­age in a sin­gle appliance. The sys­tems lever­age in­dus­try-stan­dard hard­ware and soft­ware de­fined stor­age, en­abling easy scal­a­bil­ity and man­age­ment. A well-de­signed hy­per-con­ver­gence in­fras­truc­ture in the data cen­ter of­fers sev­eral ad­di­tional ad­van­tages for IT op­er­a­tions and ser­vice de­liv­ery like Cost re­duc­tions for in­fras­truc­ture, soft­ware li­censes, ca­bling and other el­e­ments, with pre­dictable bud­get­ing for data cen­ter growth Eas­ier, on-de­mand and lin­ear scal­a­bil­ity of com­pute and stor­age re­sources, which re­duces the need to over­pro­vi­sion re­sources in an­tic­i­pa­tion of po­ten­tial per­for­mance de­mands Flex­i­bil­ity to sup­port new IT of­fer­ings, such as an­a­lyt­ics, that help govern­ment em­ploy­ees im­prove ser­vices to con­stituents Sim­pler man­age­ment with fewer server and stor­age si­los


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. By cre­at­ing a pri­vate in­ter­nal cloud, IT man­agers also can re­duce con­cerns that come with us­ing un­trusted or shared cloud ser­vices, in­clud­ing se­cu­rity, com­pli­ance and au­dit trails.

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, high­value ac­tiv­i­ties.


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 trans­ac­tionori­ented ap­pli­ca­tions are of­ten com­pute-in­ten­sive and don’t re­quire as much data stor­age.

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.

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