Process to certify private cloud services begins

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The Government has floated a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for accreditation of Cloud services of private cloud providers in the country.

The government is offering an altogether new model of Cloud Computing to the users through ‘GI Cloud’, christened MeghRaj. The focus of MeghRaj is to evolve a strategy and implement various components to ensure proliferation of Cloud in Government verticals through private cloud players.

The aim of the Cloud policy is to realise a comprehensive vision of the government’s Private cloud environment available for use by the Central and state government departments, districts and municipalities to accelerate ICT-enabled service improvements and also provide flexibility in terms of choice of technology.

DeitY proposes accreditation of the Cloud service offerings of private service providers, so that end-user departments could leverage in addition to the National Cloud services offered by NIC for e-governance solutions. The Cloud services, offered under National Cloud as well as accredited Private cloud service providers, will be published through a GI Cloud Services directory, which will be used by the various government departments and agencies.

Players like Reliance Communications, NIC, Reliance Jio, TCS, Wipro, Microsoft, Amazon and others are actively participating in the draft RFP for Private cloud players, insiders reveal.

GI Cloud or MeghRaj will be a set of discrete Cloud Computing environments spread across multiple locations, built on existing or new infrastructure, following a set of common protocols, guidelines and standards issued by the Government of India.

The primary purpose of this RFP is to enable DeitY to provisionally accredit the Cloud service offerings of private service providers for an initial period of two years. This will be an open accreditation process to allow for new entrants into the accredited list of Cloud service providers as well as re-accreditation of the already accredited Cloud service providers.

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