DAILYHOSTNEWS, November 29, 2011 – Wipro has been commissioned to help the Indian state of Punjab set up a State Data Center in Mohali for use by the public sector and government bodies requiring hosted data center services.
The city in recent times has become home to a number of IT outsourcing companies, but it is also home to a number of state-owned companies, including ICI Paints, and multinational corporations. Quark, Dell and Philips all have operations in the city.
According to the Business Standard, the data center project that Wipro is acting as a consultant for will be complete by March next year.
The project is expected to cost Rs 12 crore for land and building and Rs 50.58 crore for IT and engineering equipment.
The Punjab State Information Technology Department said the state wanted to build a world class safe data storage facility, and consolidate its government services including e-governance applications and citizen services. It will also allow it to increase the delivery of e-government services.
The government, through Wipro, is searching for a data center operator to run the facility, expected to be about 4,000 sq ft (1,500 put aside for servers). It said will have benefits right down to a village level in the state through the delivery of e-government services.
As part of the project, the state government is looking to standardize the systems it uses and make use of the State Wide Area Network and Common Citizen Center for connectivity.
It said the State Department of Information Technology will deliver the services using a common delivery platform.