The National Informatics Centre (NIC), which is the technology backbone of the national government, has launched a new data centre in Bhubaneswar as a way to address the increasing load it is receiving as part of the growing digital projects. NIC already has three data centres in New Delhi, Pune and Hyderabad which have almost reached up to 80 per cent of their desired capacity.
The new data centre in Bhubaneswar is cloud-enabled and is aimed to offer round-the-clock operations together with providing secured hosting for different applications related to e-governance for both the central and state governments. According to the reports, the new data centre has the capacity to support more than 3,500 virtual servers. The new data centre is the first one to be launched in eastern India.
The data centre was inaugurated by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology in the presence of Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Chandra Sarathi Behera, IT Minister for Odisha. Prasad said that the new data centre has global standards and opined that will boost the digital development in the state. Placing emphasis on the significance of the new national data centre, Prasad further said that the centre is important for the sanctity and adds to the digital clout of the state or location in the IT eco-system while also increasing its global profile.
Pradhan further said: “National Data Centre will provide better job opportunities to the youths of Odisha. We have huge human resource in digital entrepreneurship, IT, digital governance & economy.” He added that the data centre will not only cater to the needs of the national projects but will also address the needs of projects by the state government.
NIC Director General Neeta Verma said that as most of the government apps including eHospitals, myGov, public finance management systems and eWay bill are all being hosted by the NIC, there is an increasing demand for storage and computing by many folds. She also informed that NIC is planning to hire more than 800 professionals across India in the coming year together with 355 cyber security professionals to deal with the increasing risk of cyber security. NIC currently has 4500 people working at its data centres across the nation.