The e-Governance system in Kerala is set to receive a big boost after the coming of a second State Data Centre (SDC) at the Technopark in Trivandrum. The SDC was inaugurated by the Minister for IT & Industries, Shri P K Kunhalikutty at a function held at the Park Centre. The cost of making the new Data Centre is around Rs.22.5 crores.
While addressing the inauguration ceremony, Shri P K Kunhalikutty said that the new Data Centre will help in faster and more secure roll out of e-governance initiatives, especially Government to Government (G2G) and Government to Citizen (G2C) services. “The first Data Centre which was launched in 2005 has reached its saturation and the launch of the new Data Centre will augment the Government’s capacity to cater to the ever growing demand for e-governance services”, he added.
The State Data Centre has been set up by Sify Technologies. The company has also been entrusted with the task of setting up of application migration and integration with the Kerala State Wide Area Network (KSWAN). Sify will also handle Training, Operation & Maintenance and deployment along with managing the facility for five years. In line with the Kerala Government’s policy, the SDC has more of Linux and Open Source applications. The power facility at the SDC is tier III.