Department of Information Technology, Govt. of Maharashtra Partners with BSNL-Dimension Data to Drive Cloud Autoscale for Better e-Governance

The project to extend the datacentre to a secure, public cloud environment reaffirms BSNL-Dimension Data’s capability as a preferred technology partner for cloud based e-Governance projects in India

MUMBAI, India – September 11, 2014 – The Department of Information Technology, Govt. of Maharashtra (DIT, GoM) takes another giant leap to its already proven leadership in e-Governance by partnering with BSNL – Dimension Data to drive the Cloud Auto scale project in the State of Maharashtra. With this project, DIT, GoM aims to create hybrid cloud architecture by extending its existing data centres to a secure, public cloud environment. This project will help DIT, GoM to provide a more seamless and efficient cloud enabled IT infrastructure for its citizen interface program which automates all government citizen interactions.

DIT, GoM drives IT Infrastructure and e-Governance projects including Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) under NeGP, Govt. of India. Its objective is to create a better IT infrastructure and user friendly citizen services using advanced ICT solutions to enhance the quality of life in the state of Maharashtra. The cloud based solution from BSNL – Dimension Data will enable DIT, GoM to improve automation and reduce operating expenses through better utilisation of existing resources and optimise its investments in procuring new infrastructure and also provide flexibility to meet the rapidly growing demands of nodal agencies in real time.

This solution provides DIT, GoM with increased availability, scalability and security through BSNL – Dimension Data’s Tier III Certified and ISO27001 certified data centres. Dimension Data Cloud Services are available across the Globe through Managed Cloud Platform (MCP). The MCP will enable DIT, GoM to manage its cloud assets via a web-based interface or REST-based application programming interface (API) and launch cloud machines to meet demand in real time and migrate workloads between data centre and the cloud.

BSNL-Dimension Data ran intensive test with DIT, GoM team to ensure that the solution meets the desired expectations and business outcome. The solution provided by BSNL-Dimension Data has a unique blend of capabilities that addresses the evolutionary flow of workloads from virtualisation in the datacentre / private cloud to the public cloud environment and provides the intelligence and automation needed to meet these changing needs.

Shri Rajesh Aggarwal, Principal Secretary, DIT, GoM, praised the efforts put in by the team and said, “DIT, GoM and BSNL-Dimension Data have partnered together to deliver this excellence in technology that drives innovation and optimises costs in order to realize the full potential of Cloud Computing. The Cloud Autoscale initiative is an excellent showcase of how we can leverage IT infrastructure and human expertise in ensuring that State of Maharashtra keeps its status as a pioneer in utilising IT skills for better governance and as a proven Leader in e-Readiness ranking in India.

Shri Kiran Bhagwanani, Chief Executive Officer at Dimension Data India said, “Today’s organisations are experimenting with building private clouds that can be extended to a hybrid cloud architecture by extending workloads running from their own datacentre to a public cloud for maximum flexibility, and to optimise capital expense. We’ve engaged into a similar initiative which allows DIT, GoM to extend their datacentre to a secure, public cloud environment in order to offer better services to the citizens of the state and meet the growing business needs of the various nodal agencies. We’re happy to be part of such a robust project yet again and prove our credentials in implementing enterprise-class cloud solutions.”

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About Dimension Data

Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group.

In Asia Pacific, we operate in 50 offices across 13 countries. We help clients enable technology, operate their IT infrastructures and transform technology solutions that deliver value. It combines an expertise in networking, security, communications, data centre and end-user computing, with advanced skills in IT outsourcing, IT as a Service, Systems integration services and training.

About BSNL:

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. is the world’s seventh largest telecommunications company, providing a comprehensive range of telecom services in India: Wireline, CDMA mobile, GSM Mobile, Internet, Broadband, Carrier services, MPLS-VPN, VSAT, VoIP services, IN services etc. Presently it is one of the largest and leading public sector units in India. Scaling new heights of success, the present turnover of BSNL is more than Rs.351, 820 million (US$ 8 billion) with net profit to the tune of Rs.99, 390 million (US$ 2.26 billion) for last financial year.

The infrastructure asset on telephone alone is worth about Rs.630, 000 million (US$ 14.37 billion). The turnover, nationwide coverage, reach, comprehensive range of telecom services and the desire to excel has made BSNL the No. 1 Telecom Company of India. For more information, please visit


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