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Sri Lanka to award cloud computing tender soon

ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lankan government will soon award tenders for high capacity servers to host the proposed government ‘cloud computing’ network, the head of the Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) said.

“We need a completely centralised government cloud to be able to store large amounts of data,” said Muhunthan Canagey, chief executive of ICTA.

The Lanka government cloud network will have 145 terabytes of storage enabling government agencies to store and share information, he told a GIS (Geographical Information Systems) technology user forum.

“When you need to do analytics, you need a big data cloud to enable you to do it. We intend to award those tenders out in the next couple of weeks.”

Cloud computing, where users use remote infrastructure for their computing needs, will make it easier to share data, Canagey said.

Different government agencies need to work together to be able to deliver services to the community more effectively, he said.

“Everyone has their own components and own sets of data but we lack sharing data across agencies and working together.”
(Colombo/September 11 2015)

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