An Open Cloud Initiative of C-DAC
C-DAC's focus in cloud computing includes research, design and development of Open source cloud middleware suite; end-to-end security solution for the cloud, consultancy and training services in cloud computing.
With the expertise of C-DAC on various technologies that act as enablers of Cloud computing and National Resource Centre For Free and Open Source Software (NRCFOSS), C-DAC has developed a comprehensive free and open source suite named 'MEGHDOOT' for setting up a cloud computing environment.
On analyzing various free and open source tools for cloud, the featuring tools across all layers of the cloud were incorporated into the suite. C-DAC pursued the remarkable in-house development of features and functionalities based on standards over free and open source tools of cloud.
Enormous research efforts on top of existing open source cloud tools are incorporated. The developments and offerings include, but is not limited to Service provisioning &deployment, Management, Security and other value additions. Simple graphical installation and configuration of the suite, exhaustive monitoring, metering, customizable elasticity, web service oriented management and inclusion of security features focusing on data in transit, data at rest, multi level authentication and authorization are a few of the notable value additions by C-DAC.
After rigorous research and development efforts, the first version of the suite was released at the C-DAC Technology Conclave, Hyderabad in October 2012. From the day of its release, the product has been well received by users from all sectors - banking, e-governance, academic and research, telecommunications, healthcare, logistics based SME, corporate, and manufacturing.
Till date Meghdoot had 3 minor releases (Meghdoot-1.01, 1.02, 1.03) and two major releases (Meghdoot-2.00 and Meghdoot-3.00). Meghdoot is well received by the cloud community with more than 100 DVDs circulated through campaigns and about 500 downloads.
Deployments of Meghdoot
Indian Banking Community Cloud, established by Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), Hyderabad operated on Meghdoot. This community cloud incorporates various customized developments specific to the banking community requirements. It was inaugurated by the Governor, RBI, and is operational since August 2013, supported by C-DAC. Till date about 13 banks hosted their applications in this cloud and steps are going on to take the cloud to a greater level.
Tamil Nadu State Data Centre Cloud operational since 2012, is based on Meghdoot, which hosts various e-governance applications from the state departments of the Govt. of Tamil Nadu. Steps to scale up the cloud to a large extent and to deploy upcoming e-Gov solutions are under progress
Center of Excellence in Capacity Building, jointly operated by Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency, Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu and C-DAC, Chennai based on Meghdoot cloud will be operational shortly for the officials of the Govt. of Tamil Nadu. This project is a joint effort by ELCOT, Chennai; TNeGA Chennai and C-DAC Chennai.
PAN C-DAC Cloud environment is established in C-DAC Bengaluru uses Meghdoot, where the applications developed and used by various C-DAC centers are deployed onto the cloud.
Green Mini Data Centre established by Sabarkantha District Panchayat, Himatnagar, Gujarat has been operating in Meghdoot cloud since April 2015, where few e-Governance applications were hosted in the cloud, utilized by Government departments in the district.
Students and Young Entrepreneurs Cloud by Government of Tamilnadu is an initiative by the Government of Tamilnadu to offer Cloud services to students and young entrepreneurs in the state of Tamilnadu. This project is a joint effort by ELCOT, Chennai; C-DAC, Chennai; ICTACT, Chennai and EDI/NASSCOM Chennai.
Other PoC deployments in Government, Academics, SME sector include,
- Kerala State IT Mission, Thiruvananthapuram jointly with IIITM-K, Thiruvananthapuram,
- CHiPS, Raipur under Government of Chhattisgarh
- Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam of Indian Navy
- Maharashtra State Data Centre Mumbai,
- Y3 Technologies, Chennai and Singapore.
Training in Cloud
To impart knowledge to the aspirants, various training programs are conducted by C-DAC. Customized corporate training program was also conducted for Indian and abroad organizations. C-DAC conducts various training workshops in collaboration with academic institutions in the country. C-DAC also conducts lectures, seminars, pre-conference tutorials in National and international conferences.
Contributions to Open Source & Standards
C-DAC has contributed some of its achievements to the open source community through forums and actively participating in cloud standardization efforts. C-DAC is represented are in standardization working groups such as
- Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India,
- Cloud Computing Task Force,
- GI Cloud,
- IDRBT working group.
International standard organizations, enterprises and academic institutions have expressed interest in collaborative research and development.
As a further step, planed to evolve Meghdoot as a community product with contributions from various user communities and bring in various researchers on board.
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Name of the Group : Cloud Computing Group
Detailed Address :C-DAC, Tidel Park, 8th Floor, D Block (South),
No.4 Rajiv Gandhi Salai,
Chennai - 600 113
Contact Number : Mr. R. Nagesh, Joint Director Ph: +91-44-2254 2226/27
Email Id : nageshr(at)cdac(dot)in, cloud-chn(at)cdac(dot)in