Cloud Computing Test Bed to be set up at IIITM-K

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Tvm: The Kerala Government has decided to set up a Cloud Computing Test Bed at the IIITM-K campus. The implementation of the Test Bed would be carried out jointly by IIITM-K and C-DAC in two phases over a span of six months.

IIITM-K would provide the resources and technical consultancy would be provided by C-DAC Chennai. The setting up of Cloud Computing Test Bed was on the basis of the recommendations made by the Technical Committee constituted for the purpose. The committee was headed by Dr. Rathan Kelkar IAS, Director, KSITM. P M Sasi, Additional Director, C-DAC; Srinivansan, Chairman, CSI (Tvm Chapter); Amarnath Raja, CEO, InAPP; Dr. Elizabeth Sherly, Director, IIITM-K and Premkumar, Director (Technical) Information Kerala Mission were the members.

Huge amount of resources are required during the peak period of computation of several e-Governance projects and services launched by the Government of Kerala. Some applications witnesses heavy traffic during a certain period of time but are scantily used during the remaining time. There are a few Departments that have huge resources but do not need such huge amounts for their applications. To overcome this, pooling of resources into large clouds or cloud computing has been recommended as an efficient way to achieve resource optimisation. Aggregated IT infrastructures of cloud can also make it a lot simpler for Government to maintain and support the IT infrastructure.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is a style of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet. Cloud computing services usually provide common business applications online that are accessed from a web browser, while the software and data are stored on the servers. This increases profitability by improving resource utilization. Pooling resources into large clouds drives down costs and increases utilization by delivering resources only for as long as those resources are needed. Cloud computing allows individuals, teams, and organizations to streamline procurement processes and eliminate the need to duplicate certain computer administrative skills related to setup, configuration, and support. Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure “in the cloud” that supports them.

The concept incorporates Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) as well as other recent technology trends that have the common theme of reliance on the Internet for satisfying the computing needs of the users. Besides the self-service nature of cloud computing allows organizations to create elastic environments that expand and contract based on the workload and target performance parameters.

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