Cloud computing is on the rise in India but, most of the beneficiaries of the latest pay-per-yse computing model are private firms who are trying to cut down their IT costs. Government can also benefit hugely from this hugely as it can save a lot on hardware, software costs by adopting may of the sub-models of cloud computing i.e. Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, etc.
CII with KPMG and Amarchand Mangaldas & Shroff as knowledge partners brought out the paper “The Indian Cloud Revolution” emphasizing on the need for a policy that would define standards for procurement and usage of the technology, especially by government agencies.
“Cloud based services can be leveraged by the Government to launch new e-Governance initiatives quicker and with lower overhead costs.” notes the CII whitepaper.
One important thing highlighted by the whitepaper was the fact that cloud computing presents a “new set of opportunities and challenges for law enforcement agencies”. This is simply because jurisdiction over data in the cloud has been a cause of concern for regulators globally notes Times of India.
Another facet where cloud computing can be of immense use is the availability and accessiblity factor. Cloud computing can be helpful to a great extent is local governance and service to citizens.
“A common Cloud platform will also enable local Governments and other public agencies to adopt e-Governance for better citizen services, without requiring the setting up of significant IT infrastructure.”, notes the CII whitepaper.
As it stands, the Indian government has set-up a committee to recommend a framework for cloud computing services. The committee will be headed by ex-Co-Chairman of Infosys, Mr. S Gopalakrishnan.
Gulshan Rai, Director at Indian Computer Emergency Response Team and a member of the committe said “The committee will suggest a framework to promote cloud computing service in and from the country”.