Digital transformation has been recognised as being vital to the growth of our nation. This transformation has enjoyed the unanimous approval and contribution from all stakeholders including enterprises, MSMEs, government bodies, and citizens.\r\n\r\nBut this level of adoption in a country with a population of over a billion people would need a robust technology base that is capable of collecting and distributing vital data seamlessly.\r\nCloud has a pivotal role in enabling this change.\r\nDigital India envisions creating high-speed digital highways, that will impact commerce and create a digital footprint for every individual. \u00a0Technologies based on mobility, analytics, Internet of things and most importantly,\u00a0cloud technologies are the building blocks for the digital India mission.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThere is a growing need to manage huge volumes of data, and making them readily available to the public through digital cloud services.\u00a0\r\n\r\nWhile Data centers have become crucial to this transformation, IT leaders increasingly recognise that current data centers have reached their limits for supporting how state and local governments need to work and provide services.\r\n\r\nLightening the load to adapt to increasing demand is the principle many government IT managers have in mind as they look to make data centers more efficient, flexible and capable of delivering new services. Government IT departments are also prioritising investments in data center consolidation and new technologies to enable higher IT service levels.\r\n\r\nThere are three trends that are impacting government IT today:\r\n\r\n \tVirtualization and cloud\r\n \tInfrastructure as a service (IaaS)\r\n \tFlexible infrastructure for application development and delivery\r\n\r\nEvolving The Data Center To Hyper-Convergence For Virtualisation And Cloud\r\nThe traditional image of a data center is a cavernous room filled with rows of equipment racks and whirring, blinking boxes. This reality is fast disappearing as advances in virtualisation technology pack more capabilities into smaller devices.\r\n\r\nGovernment data centers are evolving to take advantage of virtualisation, especially for servers and storage. The goal is to capture the associated benefits of higher data center efficiency and optimization, as well as reduced capital and operational expenses.\r\n\r\nThe data center model is also evolving to support private cloud and IT as a service to accomplish IT projects faster and more effectively.\r\n\r\nVirtualisation enables a hyper-converged infrastructure that integrates servers and storage in a single appliance. The systems leverage industry-standard hardware and software-defined storage, enabling easy scalability and management.\r\n\r\nA well-designed hyper-convergence infrastructure in the data center offers several additional advantages for IT operations and service delivery like:\r\n\r\n \tCost reductions for infrastructure, software licenses, cabling and other elements, with predictable budgeting for data center growth\r\n \tEasier, on-demand and linear scalability of compute and storage resources, which reduces the need to overprovision resources in anticipation of potential performance demands\r\n \tFlexibility to support new IT offerings, such as analytics, that help government employees improve services to constituents\r\n \tSimpler management with fewer server and storage silos\r\n\r\nDelivering Private Cloud And Infrastructure As A Service \r\nOne key to agility \u2014 in both government and IT \u2014 is having the right resources ready to go at a moment\u2019s notice but to use them only when they are truly needed. That agility is behind the idea of IaaS on hyper-converged infrastructure: delivering computing, storage and network resources on demand to application developers and users.\r\n\r\nThis environment operates like a private cloud, where the IT infrastructure can serve more applications and users without the need to add more staff. By creating a private internal cloud, IT managers also can reduce concerns that come with using untrusted or shared cloud services, including security, compliance and audit trails.\r\n\r\nIT can automate many operational tasks around provisioning and orchestration, which makes it easier to activate or repurpose servers as needed. Additionally, automated configuration and management of IT resources means IT staff can focus on strategic, high-value activities.\r\nAny Application At Any Scale \r\nFrom a smartphone app used by one employee to a complex information system used by hundreds, the ability to deliver any application at any scale is essential for government IT. This scalability requires an infrastructure that can quickly deliver the right resources for computing requirements, storage capacity and application performance.\r\n\r\nYet different applications commonly used for government functions require different types of resources and performance levels. For example, a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) application needs more storage capacity than compute capability, while transaction-oriented applications are often compute-intensive and don\u2019t require as much data storage.\r\n\r\nAn agile government is one that has the information, applications and computing capabilities that keep pace with the fast-paced changes in citizen and employee expectations for services.\r\n\r\nBy considering the data center trends discussed, IT can make the infrastructure simpler while also delivering services that make government better.\r\n\r\nCloud has demonstrated the capability to digitize the governance system while proving to be cost-effective. The global world is eager to see India embrace the Cloud Computing frontier led by technology capabilities to improve people\u2019s lives.