Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 31:
The Rs 189 crore- 40,000 square feet proposed National Informatics Center (NIC) data center in Odisha capital is expected to get operational by September 2016.
The decision on this context was announced by Union Minister of Communications & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad earlier this week. Prasad highlighted the Bhubaneswar data center to be among the top-10 priorities of the ‘Digital India’ programme of his ministry.
This will be the fourth NDC (National Data Center) to be established in the country apart from the ones already in Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune.
“The National Data Center at Bhubaneswar is being set-up to meet the growing needs of Digital India initiatives. This is a state-of-the-art Tier-3 Data Center with 99.982% availability and 24X7 support, covering over 40,000 square feet of area. It will be operational by end of 2016 at a cost of Rs.188.59 crores. It will be cloud enabled to ensure optimal utilization of resources and will also be environment friendly,” read a press notification on the Digital India website.
Among other features; the center would have 275 rack capacity, dedicated 3.2 MW capacity substation with dual sources of GRID supply and 12 hours of diesel storage capacity, state-of-the-art precision air handling units, CCTVs, fire alarm system, access control system, centralized BMS monitoring and reporting etc.
NIC is setting up NDCs to meet the increased expectations from citizens for online services and the demand from increasing number of e-Governance projects being launched by the government.
A part of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, NIC provides ICT (Information and Communication Technology) support to the government in all ministries and departments across all states and districts of the country. Almost all government websites in India are developed and managed by NIC.