Punjab state selects Microsoft for offering cloud services

Punjab Government has selected Microsoft for offering cloud services in the state of Punjab for three years.
Microsoft Windows Azure public cloudThe Department of Governance Reform, Punjab has empaneled four Microsoft partners, such as Tata Communications, Embee Software, G7Cr Technologies, and SISL Infotech in its Cloud Services Directory, allowing government departments and agencies in Punjab to choose the Microsoft Cloud.

The Microsoft Azure platform will support public sector organizations in Punjab to offer services such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service, Dev/Test, Virtual Desktop as a Service, and Managed Backup.

Parminder Pal Singh, PCS, Director of Governance Reforms, Punjab, said: “We have empaneled Microsoft and other CSPs as cloud service providers and will work on Microsoft’s cloud technology to provide transformational e-governance services and financial inclusion opportunities.”

Punjab will migrate its Land Records Information System and E-Sewa (previously called SUWIDHA), to the Azure platform. Microsoft technologies currently power several core e-Governance and critical projects in Punjab.

The US-based technology company has played a key role in the enhancement and efficient delivery of citizenship services, including the development of the E-District platform, SUWIDHA & the Grievance Management System.

Additionally, Microsoft also supports the State Data Center of Punjab, said Manish Prakash, general manager – Public Sector, Microsoft India.

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