DQ Channels - - Cover Story - Arun Parameswaran

The Prime Min­is­ter’s Dig­i­tal In­dia vi­sion aims at im­prov­ing the de­liv­ery of gov­ern­ment ser­vices to cit­i­zens and busi­nesses through the Na­tional e-Gov­er­nance Pro­gramme (NeGP). At VMware, we are keen on con­tribut­ing to the next wave of this Na­tional e-Gov­er­nance Plan, also called e-Kranti, that clearly lays out the road map by the new gov­ern­ment for e-Gov­er­nance. There are 10 or 12 projects that are be­ing de­fined un­der e-Kranti in terms of what the gov­ern­ment will do, and VMware’s ap­proach here is to work with th­ese cus­tomers and help them un­der­stand the power of what VMware brings to the ta­ble from a soft­ware de­fined data cen­ter stand­point.

Ma­haGov Cloud is an ini­tia­tive by the Di­rec­torate of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (DIT), Gov­ern­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra to pro­vide In­fra­struc­ture as a Ser­vice (IaaS), Plat­form as a ser­vice (PaaS) and Soft­ware as a Ser­vice (SaaS) to var­i­ous state de­part­ments for their e-gov­er­nance ini­tia­tives. VMware was cho­sen af­ter an ex­ten­sive eval­u­a­tion con­ducted by the Gov­ern­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra.

The VMware de­ploy­ment has helped the Gov­ern­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra lower the cost of host­ing, im­prove the man­age­ment of the state dat­a­cen­ter in­fra­struc­ture, and dras­ti­cally re­duce the time re­quired to pro­vi­sion in­fra­struc­ture for var­i­ous state de­part­ments.

The Na­tional In­for­mat­ics Cen­ter(NIC) which runs large data cen­ters for cen­tral e-gov­er­nance ini­tia­tives like pass­port seva, In­dia post, etc too uses VMware’s soft­ware. It is also said to be in­volved in the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s cloud ini­tia­tive Megharaj.

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