by Angela Guess
Kenneth Rapoza of Forbes reports that India's government has decided to load critical government data to the cloud. Rapoza refers to an Economic Times article which states: " India’s Department of Information Technology is planning to set up a national cloud based network that connects all state data centers which would make that the backbone of national e-governance plan, which when completed would deliver many government to citizen and government business services via the internet. In effect, each of the 28 states and 7 union territories will now have a private cloud of their own. The Department of IT has invited proposals from IT companies like Hewlett Packard (HP), IBM, Cisco (CSCO) and Dell to set up and maintain private clouds in each state. The move may cost the government less than (around 100 million rupees), and will help the exchequer prevent waste of money on duplication of resources."
Rapoza comments, "The overall Indian market for cloud computer is estimated to be about $860-$912 million, including non-governmental. Of this total, the government market for cloud networking is estimated to be only 20 percent, according to Zinnov Management Consulting, a global management consulting firm. Zinnov estimates the government expenditure on cloud computing to grow to $685 million by 2014."