In connection with the implementation of subparagraph 2.4.5 of the Action Plan of the Strategic Roadmap for the Development of Telecommunication and Information Technologies in the Republic of Azerbaijan, approved by Decree No.1138 of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated December 6, 2016, the effective organization of the formation, storage, maintenance and integration of state information systems and reserves necessitates the creation of a centralized Government Cloud (G-Cloud).
In accordance with the said Strategic Roadmap, the Government Cloud project is a major project that includes reducing costs in public administration and increasing coordination between government agencies through the effective integration of government information systems and reserves into a single platform.
Under Decree No.718 of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated June 3, 2019 on the creation of the Government Cloud (G-Cloud) and measures in the field of providing cloud services, the implementation of the Government Cloud project will ensure the operation of state information systems, the deployment of their infrastructure and the formation of standards and also reduce the cost of creating and storing information systems in public administration and the formation of a centralized infrastructure for government agencies. Thus, it will make it possible to optimize the costs necessary for government agencies for information technologies, create and provide electronic services, and ensure the organization of information systems in a high-quality, stable and secure infrastructure based on up-to-date standards.
As mentioned in Decree No.718, measures will be taken to comprehensively protect the cloud infrastructure in order to ensure the physical security and cybersecurity of the Government Cloud, together with the Special State Security Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Main advantages of the project
The implementation of the Government Cloud project will enable government agencies to reduce their IT infrastructure costs. Thus, cloud technologies will allow more efficient use of resources, providing management of IT infrastructure from a single platform based on the basin principle. Global experience shows that countries that are migrating to the Government Cloud save 25-30% on IT costs.
New data centers to be based on modern world standards for cloud services will be brought into compliance with the international certification TIER III from Uptime Institute, standards for the provision and management of IT services ISO-20000 and information security ISO 27001. Also, the equipment used in data centers will be managed on the principle of N +. This, in turn, means the use of second backup equipment in order to ensure continuity of service in case of any preventive work on the equipment or the occurrence of a technical malfunction. Thus, correct and reliable management of information technologies in all cases will provide a 99.982% of stability level for the safe execution of this process.
Government agencies connected to the Government Cloud will be able to manage the IT resources allocated to them through the self-government platform.
The Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies has developed the Government Cloud architecture. In accordance with that architecture, the activities of the Government Cloud is planned to be implemented through four data centers (active, backup, archive and test).