The National Informatics Centre (NIC) which provides technological support to all governance services has opened another state-of-the-art cloud enabled National Data Centre in Odisha’s capital city Bhubaneswar on Monday. The inauguration was done by the Union Minister of Electronics & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad.
“The new data centre at Bhubaneswar will boost the digital development of Odisha. This world class digital infrastructure has been developed by NIC.” Ravi Shankar Prasad had tweeted earlier.
With the rise of cyber threats and cyber crimes all across the globe the opening of a new data centre in India is a step in the right direction. The advanced centre has added another level of security against cyber crimes and the ever-growing cyber thrests. It protects all the official government websites and accounts. Following this the NIC will also hire 800 professionals across India next year in which 355 of them will be cyber security experts, “to tackle the rising cyber security risks” a top NIC official said. NIC currently has 4,500 people working across India in its various operations.
“This data centre in Bhubaneswar is of global standards… We don’t discriminate, we don’t see development through political color.” Ravi Prasad had said.
Earlier an NIC release said that NIC data centre is unified and shared infrastructure is flexible enough to rapidly respond to infrastructure requirements and also accommodate future technology enhancements, distributed applications, database applications, virtualised applications and cloud-based applications that are available on demand.
NIC already had three centres across India settled in Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune and the Bhubaneswar centre is NIC’s fourth “National Data Centre”. The new data centre is spread over 40,000 square feet and it will host new as well as existing applications of central and state governments with an ability to support 35,000 virtual servers. The informatics centre also hosts nearly 10,000 websites of the government. The new centre aims to offer 24 hours operations with secure hosting for e-governance applications of various ministries and departments and also protect them from cyber attacks.