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National Cloud Initiative launched
Feb 05, 2014

To harness the benefits of Cloud Computing, Government of India has launched a new platform known as “National Cloud” named as upon ‘MeghRaj’. This will help in delivery of e-governance services at economical level.

This will ensure optimum utilization of the infrastructure and speed up the development and deployment of e-Gov applications.

The National Cloud will help the departments to procure ICT services on demand in the OPEX model rather than investing upfront on the CAPEX. The Cloud Services available are Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Storage as a Service (STaaS). Some of the features of the National Cloud include self service portal, multiple Cloud solutions, secured VPN access and multi location Cloud.

The architectural vision of National Cloud encompasses a set of discrete cloud computing environments spread across multiple locations, built on existing or new (augmented) infrastructure, following a set of common protocols, guidelines and standards issued by the Government of India. 

The term cloud computing refers to the delivery of scalable IT resources over the Internet, as opposed to hosting and operating those resources locally. Those resources can include applications and services, as well as the infrastructure on which they operate.

By deploying IT infrastructure and services over the network, an organization can purchase these resources on an as-needed basis and avoid the capital costs of software and hardware.

Cloud computing system consists of the front end and the back end. They connect to each other through a network, usually the Internet.

The front end includes the client's computer (or computer network) and the application required to access the cloud computing system. On the back end of the system are the various computers, servers and data storage systems that create the "cloud" of computing services.

A central server administers the system, monitoring traffic and client demands to ensure everything runs smoothly. It follows a set of rules called protocols and uses a special kind of software called middleware. Middleware allows networked computers to communicate with each other.


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