Considered the first-of-its-kind project in the country, the Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) will begin the migration of ten government websites as a trial of Cloud Computing – developed by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The trial phase is intended to complete the process of full migration during one year. This came about following the signing agreement with the technology investment firm C5 Capital.
The websites comprise the Ministry of Justice & Islamic Affairs; Ministry of Health; Central Bank of Bahrain; National Oil & Gas Authority; Survey & Land Registration Bureau; Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning; Ministry of Transportations & Telecommunication; Public Prosecution; Capital Governorate and the Northern Area Municipality.
In this regard, iGA Chief Executive Mr. Mohamed Ali AlQaed stated that implementing this project comes to enhance authority efforts of keeping pace with the latest international advancements in the IT sector and provide it to government institutions by offering solutions and alternatives for a unified archiving of big data as well as hosting the government websites via AWS’ cloud computing platform. He also indicated that such initiative will contribute in employing government direction to save costs and operation flexibility in public entities by specifying a single cloud computing that gathers websites of every entity and ministry in the country at the same time – enabling the public entities to benefit from the single cloud with higher speed, less time, minimal costs and maximum protection.
AlQaed also stressed that such migration will open wide doors for Bahrain’s entities and ministries to enhance and increase its production on the short and long runs. The migration process will redirect the exerted efforts, by entities, to strategic projects and plans as it will save time and efforts. Entities and ministries will focus on designing their work by simplifying efforts of ensuring security and maintenance of their websites which requires logistic services round-the-clock. Migration will assist its work performance and the delivery of high-quality services by relying on the available national competences.
The process of migrating to cloud computing considered the latest and fastest technologies in storing and protecting information. This facilitates the obtaining of the information conveniently, with ease, effectiveness, flexibility and ability to expand and store big data contrary to allowing the government IT sector to develop its infrastructure and continue to supervise data; ensuring its protection via the cloud computing system – such aspect is what large companies like AWS as well as Apple currently work by.
The Information & eGovernment Authority, in collaboration with C5 Capital, will work on starting the migration process of the 10 websites to the cloud platform as a pilot stage by assigning a working team to carry-out such task under the direct supervision of the authority. Furthermore, completing all the preparations in the first phase while ensuring the maintenance of all data and information during the transporting process.
It is worthy to note that C5 Capital is one of the technology investment firms that support innovation and is a specialist in cyber security, data analytics and cloud computing. During last year, the company announced the launch of the technology programme ‘Cloud 10’ that is developed to speed technology businesses; operating with AWS services. It is one of the pioneering platforms in the region that aim at assisting emerging technology companies to expand their businesses through the utilization of the Cloud.