Govt IT data on cloud system must be stored within India: Meity

New Delhi: The ministry of electronics and IT on Thursday issued guidelines on setting up of IT infrastructure by government departments using cloud computing technology with a clause mandating that all data must be stored within the country.

The guidelines for government departments on contractual terms related to cloud services said since the data can be located in one or more discrete sites in foreign countries, therefore, the condition for data location has to be specifically mentioned in the agreement with the service provider.

“The terms and conditions of the Empanelment of the Cloud Service Provider has taken care of this requirement by stating that all services including data will be guaranteed to reside in India,” the guidelines said. The cloud computing service enables its user to hire or use software, storage, servers as per requirement instead of purchasing the whole system.

Meity has empanelled 11 companies for providing cloud computing services to government departments which include Microsoft Corp., Hewlett Packard, IBM India ,Tata Communications, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Net Magic IT Services, Sify Technologies and CtrlS Data Centers. Cloud computing can help government departments expand capacity of their IT system as per need and even for short period and quickly start any online service.

The cloud computing system can be of help to departments specially in handling sudden

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