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Maharashtra Government Chooses VMware For MahaGov Cloud

The deployment helped the government lower the cost of hosting, improve management of the state data center and reduce the time to provision infrastructure for various state departments
The Maharashtra government has selected VMware virtualization and cloud infrastructure technology for its MahaGov Cloud.

MahaGov Cloud is an initiative by the Directorate of Information Technology (DIT), to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) to various state departments for their e-governance initiatives.

The government has deployed VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Director to virtualize the state data center, to host the MahaGov Cloud. The initiative was started in November 2011; the fully operational cloud went live in May 2012.

The services will be offered through SETU and Maharashtra Online through the SDCs. While SETU would provide IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, Maharashtra Online would offer Saas, BI as a Service (BIaaS), GIS as a Service (GISaaS), API as a Service (APIaaS) and Survey as a Service (SyaaS).

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The deployment helped the government lower the cost of hosting, improve the management of the state data center infrastructure, and reduce the time required to provision infrastructure for various state departments. This has encouraged state departments to host their mission critical applications on the MahaGov Cloud, making it the only government cloud in India that is running a production environment with a high volume of servers and applications.

Rajesh Aggarwal, IT Secretary, Government of Maharashtra, said, “The government is committed to making e-governance a success in the state. We were confident that virtualization and cloud computing would play a critical role in enabling our vision for e-governance in the state and have partnered with VMware, to help us on our cloud journey and fulfill this vision.”

“State departments hosting their applications on the MahaGov Cloud will allow for better management of the state’s IT infrastructure, while also bringing about transparency, efficiencies and lowering costs,” he added.
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