Friday , April 27 2018

Microsoft hybrid cloud platform to power Andhra Pradesh data center

Post-bifurcation of the state to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have divided Microsoft servers and applications but they are using the same State Resident Data Hub in Hyderabad

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For many tech firms, India is one of the key determinant on how they build products and global tech major Microsoft is one of them. Recently, the Government of Andhra Pradesh signed an agreement with the Redmond, Washington-based firm to utilise the latter’s hybrid cloud platform, called Azure Stack, for AP State Data Centre (SDC) located in Hyderabad. In the agreement, the Microsoft cloud solution will be used to migrate live applications SDC from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam data center.

Post-bifurcation of the state, both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have divided both servers and applications but using the same State Resident Data Hub (SRDH) in Hyderabad which was built with a funding of Rs.400 crore from the Centre when the state was united. As per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, AP has 10 years rights on the data centre, but the state is gradually planning to move all the applications hosted in Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam and then later on to Vijayawada.

“We have entered into an agreement with Microsoft for use of Azure Stack. There are about 340 applications including Mee Seva, Core Dashboard which are currently running in Hyderabad SDC. Under the agreement, the state will migrate 15 applications to Visakhapatnam data centre with the help of Azure Stack,” said Rama Rao Atluri, Executive Director, Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet.

According to Government official, Microsoft has atested Azure Stack in its lab but it has not been substantially delivered or commercially used anywhere in the world. For the first time, the company is doing proof of this concept with the government of Andhra Pradesh to prove the capability of the company.

To migrate it a part of the application will be taken to the cloud and from cloud it will be transmitted onto the Azure Stack. In this process, live applications will move on from the existing state capital (Hyderabad) to Visakhapatnam.

Government officials said that they are not expecting Microsoft to do their all work. So, they have issued a tender for a setting up a co-location center in Vijayawada. The government is also creating a tragedy recovery (DR) Centre of Visakhapatnam SDC in Vijayawada. A request for proposal (RFP) has already been released and the state expects to set up DR unit within the span of three months.

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