Guwahati: In a major initiative for the establishment of a data centre catering to the entire northeast, a state-of-the-art institution will soon be set up with the support of National Informatics Centre (NIC) in Amingaon.
Led by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal the National Data Centre is soon to be practically released with the performance of Bhoomi Pooja.
The Rs 350 crore state-of-art data centre was proposed by the CM in 2018, and on acceptance of the proposal, government had magnanimously allotted 43,200 sq ft of prime land for it at the outskirts of Guwahati.
The required funds for the project will be provided by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, which is to be established within 31 months. The estimated cost for the data centre includes three years of operational support.
Currently, NIC is running national data centres at Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune and Bhubaneshwar.
The National Data Centre for the North Eastern Region (NDC-NER) will impart the much-needed momentum in terms of digital infrastructure to the North-east to live up to the Prime Minister’s expectations expressed in the ‘Digital North Eastern India – Vision 2022’ conclave held in Guwahati in 2018, and attended by all the chief ministers of the eight north-eastern states.
Additionally, the National data centre will act as a Disaster Recovery (DR) site for applications hosted in other NIC data centres in the country.
The NDC-NER with its cutting-edge ICT cloud platform and data repository comes as a great digital boon for eight north-eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
Besides serving as the hub for all digital initiatives of the North Eastern states, it will provide the required impetus for increase in use of e-governance services, geo-spatial applications and development related activities. In addition, there will be confidentiality and strategic control of data as well.
The NDC-NER will come with an Integrated Network Hub Centre and Integrated Security Operations centre. With a scalable capacity of more than 200 server racks, it will provide the Northeast the ability to leverage high-end connectivity, on-demand cloud infrastructure and secure data hosting, processing and data management.