Indonesia Breaks Ground for its First National Data Center

Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate with the related representatives during the National Data Center Construction Groundbreaking event. (ANTARA/Arnidhya Nur Zhafira/FR)

Once PDN is completed, more than 24 thousand government applications will be consolidated here.

The Indonesian government broke ground for the first National Data Center (PDN) which is expected to strengthen digital-based governance (e-governance) to support the e-government program and integrate state online applications.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the building of PDN at GIIC Deltamas was conducted by Minister of Communication and Informatics Johnny G. Plate and his colleagues, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Finance, the French Embassy in Indonesia, and other relevant parties.

This initiative is funded 85% by aid from the French government and 15% entirely from the state budget. The contract was worth 164.6 million Euros in total.

According to Johnny G. Plate, the national data center will help (Indonesia)s government as well as online hosts and regular customers. There are more than 24,000 government applications just for the government. Once the building is ready, they will be gathered here. It will encourage the rollout of so-called e-government, in which a number of governmental services are available online.

He also added that while efficiency and integration are among the PDN’s objectives, there are a number of significant applications from the government that need to be safeguarded, like the PeduliLindungi application.

The Cikarang data center is the first of four planned national data center facilities for the government to build over the next few years. A total of three additional facilities will be constructed in Batam, Labuan Bajo, and in the yet-to-be-built national capital Nusantara in East Kalimantan.

Plate claimed that the technology requirements of the future data centers are remarkably comparable. For the three additional sites that were mentioned, they simply need to duplicate the first one’s specification. But everything is dependent on the availability of funding.

He also asserts that the first national data center will achieve the best performance level, tier 4, and anticipates that the building project would take 24 months to complete.

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