The ceremony awarding the winners of the international contest within the framework of the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2016 - WSIS Project Prizes 2016 - was held in Genève today. The project from Kazakhstan – “Data Centers for government agencies” – became the winner in the “Information and Communication Infrastructure” category.
The project is designed to provide an infrastructural platform for the development of e-government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and is aimed at rendering the government agencies with the services of hosting, equipment placement, lease of infrastructure, and hardware/software complex system maintenance.
According to the vice-minister of the Ministry for Investments and Development, Mr. Saken Sarsenov, data centers’ main advantage lies in the optimization of the financial costs and expenditures of the government agencies through the consolidation of the computing and data storage resources. Moreover, the creation and establishment of data centers would allow the government agencies to avoid the peripheral and non-core activities related to the maintenance of the high-tech equipment.
As the Deputy Chairman of the Board, Viktor Chernookov noted, all Data centers located in 14 major cities of Kazakhstan are built in accordance with international standards of quality corresponding to the high-level security requirements, consequently ensuring the reliable and resilient storage and processing of information. All data centers are monitored from the single server center located in Astana.
The Forum will also host an exhibition of the winner projects of WSIS Project Prizes 2016. In addition, the Kazakhstani delegation consisting of the representatives of the Ministry for Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, holding “Zerde”, and of the “National Information Technologies” company, will share the knowledge and experience related to other Kazakhstani projects that have participated in the contest. Namely, the “Open data”, “Integrated contact center”, and the laws on “On informatization” and “On the access to information” are to be discussed in a variety of formats.
World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2016 is held in Genève, from the 2nd to 6th of May.
WSIS — World Summit on the Information Society — is the largest event in the field of information and communication technologies, as well as the platform for the dialogue between the influential IT-experts from around the world. The multilateral process of facilitation of the WSIS Action Lines, involves the multi-stakeholder collaboration across the governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as the private sector and civil society. The purpose of the meeting is to work out the key objectives in building an inclusive information society.