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Bangladesh to avail sovereign-hosted cloud services


Bangladesh to avail sovereign-hosted cloud services

Bangladesh Data Center Company Limited (BDCCL), the state-run data storage and the disaster recovery services provider, has selected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer to provide sovereign-hosted cloud services to the government.

The initiative, led by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division, is aimed at accelerating the country towards its goal of becoming a "knowledge-based economy" by extending the use of secure, sovereign-hosted, enterprise-class cloud and digital technologies to the various government agencies and ministries, said a press release on Tuesday (Dec 21).

According to the release, the government's Digital Bangladesh vision aims to leverage technology to help the country achieve its sustainable development goals, create employment for all, and move Bangladesh towards a developed economy. 

To achieve the target, the government has recognized the need to increase the availability of sovereign-hosted cloud services to support the various critical systems driving government, particularly for secure workloads in National Security, e-governance, e-filing, health, human services, and other departments, and government agencies dealing with sensitive data of Bangladesh.

State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said, "The deployment of a focused, locally delivered and highly secure 'government cloud' will accelerate our progress towards Digital Bangladesh".

With the next-generation, enterprise-class cloud powered by Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer, he said, "We can accelerate the modernization of key government activities such as e-voting, e-health service, e-filing, virtual courts, e-judiciary, and so on". 

Senior Secretary of the ICT Division and Chairman of BDCCL NM Zeaul Alam said, "Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer will make it easier for government entities to securely move to the next stage of their cloud-enabled transformation". 

Noting that many government agencies, including power, energy, and land, are using various Oracle offerings, he said, having a local cloud environment that is a perfect match for moving sensitive data to the cloud, giving access to the complete range of Oracle cloud applications that offers a platform for cloud-native innovation, will give government a cost-effective route to deploying modern services for government and citizens.

Managing Director of the BDCCL Abu Sayeed Chowdhury said, "By having Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer in the world's 7th largest Uptime Institute Certified Tier IV National Data Center delivered by BDCCL, we are now ready to offer more than 75 services of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS". 

This will help accelerate and secure the future success of Digital Bangladesh, the fulfillment of the vision by 2041 and help Bangladesh lead the way in the 4th Industrial Revolution, he added.

Managing Director of Oracle Bangladesh Rubaba Dowla said, "We are excited to work with BDCCL under ICT Division and to continue to build our strong relationship with the government, making cloud innovation more accessible to government with superior security, infrastructure, performance and reliability".

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer will be hosted within the world's 7th largest 'Tier IV National Data Center' at the Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City in Kaliakair of Gazipur district.

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