IOC’s experiment with cloud began with our mail application. The organisation sees inflow and outgoing of several thousands of mails every day. Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail and Rediff have their servers in remote places. So, we began by putting our mail application on cloud. The experiment was successful. We were satisfied and assured.
IOC’s next tryst with cloud came in the form of e-procurement initiative which was facilitated by the national informatics centre (NIC). Even this experience was extremely gratifying.
The real impediment today is to ensure a single window. Sharing has issues related to security and privacy. One of the perceived fears that cloud faces today is how one gets his data back. Cost-effectiveness and a legal framework are the two other issues which need to be addressed.
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