Government Opens First Data Center in the Kingdom of Bhutan

At the Bhutan Innovation and Technology Centre in the Thimphu TechPark, the Kingdom of Bhutan has opened a 2500 square foot (232 sq m) data center. The facility, designed to Tier II standards, already has 22 government services running on it including civil registration and finance procurement systems. From 50 terabytes the services take up 60 percent of the current storage capacity.

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Department of IT and Telecom (DITT) project officer Nidup Gyeltshen told national paper Kuensel “it was from a technology standpoint, GDC supports mobility, provisioning on demand, scalability, virtualization and the flexibility to respond to fast-changing operational situations.”

It was also added by Dasho Karma Wangchuk Penjor, that the information and communications ministry’s secretary: “With the hope to achieve the centralization of data, more efficient usage of our data and our experts, limited as they are in the ICT sector, towards achieving economies in storage, management and most importantly towards cyber security issues that have been emerging even in a small economy like ours.”

The opening of the data center, services were run out for the individual government agency server rooms. The Nu120 million ($1.8m) facilities were funded by Bhutan’s largest trading partner, the Government of India, under its Project Tied Assistance initiative.

The latest plan that this is a part of PTA, India has committed Rs.28, 000,000,000 in assistance, funding for the 83 projects, including the e-Governance Program and national broadband master plan.

India has used such tied aid is the controversial practice of giving financial aid that must be primarily spent on goods and services from the country giving the aid. Aid is to fund numerous projects in Bhutan, including connecting the nation to India’s electric grid and building hydroelectric dams, China has used similar concessional loans.

Nepal nearby, but not neighbouring has benefited from Chinese soft loans, including funds to build a fiber link that ended it network dependence on India, a nation with which relations have become increasingly strained.

Bhutan does not maintain any official diplomatic relations with China, while Sino- Nepal relations have improved dramatically over the last few years. Annually meet to discuss the disputed 470 kilometer border.

However, China has made some moves to improve its ties with Bhutan, in 2012 meeting secretly with the Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigme Thinley at the Rio+20 conferences in Brazil. Due to financial India has maintained stronger links with the landlocked country, for the financial aid. Hydropower, in particular, is the nation’s largest energy source and one of its most financially successful exports – with energy sold to India.

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