Lithuania to Consolidate the State Information Resources Infrastructure

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2016 10 19

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With the view of more efficient use of information resources in the public sector, assurance of data security, and cost cutting, Lithuania provides for consolidation of the State Information Resources Infrastructure (SIRI) and use of cloud services. For this particular purpose the Government has given assent to relevant legislation.

It should be noted that consolidation of the State Information Resources (SIR) Infrastructure in Lithuania is an absolutely new branch of activity, which has not been regulated up to now. With the view of consolidation of SIR Infrastructure and optimization of its management, the cooperation takes place between all ministries and other state authorities of the country. These actions are coordinated by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

It is established by the resolution of the Government that the state authorities, public bodies, public undertakings, and public organizations accountable to the Government, which form, organize, and (or) administer public registers, cadastres, departmental registers, information systems of the state, as well as relevant state information resources, will have to use the services rendered by the cloud computing service providers in developing, expanding, or modernizing the available SIR infrastructure. State authorities and public bodies will have an obligation to use cloud services as may be required from time to time to update, extend, or modernize SIR infrastructure, which has been independently acquired by them till now. This will be implemented through a special catalogue of cloud computing services, thus ensuring the appropriate terms and conditions for the provision of services as well as monitoring of provision of services.

Consolidation will fundamentally change the management and use of SIR. Now the state information resources are accumulated in 99 data centers, which use their own servers and software. Following consolidation of SIR Infrastructure, the four appointed providers of cloud services will concentrate their equipment and data in 2 data centers as well as one backup data center. State authorities will no longer have to care about the development, operation, and update of IT infrastructure on their own, they will be able to use the state-owned software, and the management processes will be unified. All of this will help cutting costs and ensuring proper data security level, also facilitate the development and provision of innovative complex electronic services on the basis of data available by the state.

SIR Infrastructure undergoes consolidation in other Baltic and European Union countries as well. Latvia, which is currently initiating the consolidation process, plans to consolidate its resources in 5 data centers, Estonia – in 1 data center.