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India’s second largest Information Technology services firm Infosys has managed to bag the Rs 700-750 crore financial services systems integrator contract from the Department of Posts (DoP). This is the second contract from the department for Infosys.

Infosys, said sources, has emerged as the lowest bidder for the contract. Other vendors in the fray includes India’s largest software exporter Tata Consultancy Services and global services giant HP.

A postal department official confirmed the development. Infosys top management declined to comment because the company is observing a silent period before announcing its second quarter results on October 12.

The contract is part of the government’s postal department modernisation project. The financial services contract is among the eight that the department is outsourcing.

Earlier this year, Infosys had also managed to bag the ‘rural information and communications technology (ICT) system integrator (SI)’ contract, worth Rs 100 crore.

As part of the new project, Infosys would help with postal banking and insurance solutions, enabling the department to perform ‘anytime, anywhere’ banking. In August 2010, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had approved the India Post Modernisation, IT modernisation project with a total outlay of Rs 1,877.2 crore. India Posts’ IT modernisation initiative is expected to create opportunities of Rs 5,000-crore for IT services and hardware companies.

Besides the financial services SI, other contracts include

  • Data centre facility
  • Network integrator
  • Mail operations
  • Hardware and change management.

The bidding process for DoP’s ‘core system integrator’ contract is on. This is touted as the largest of the eight contracts. The financial outlay of the project could not be confirmed.

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Action items:

  • Select a vendor or solution provider that has partnered this way before.
  • Learn about your partners cloud strategy. Will this partner be able and willing to bring you up to speed?
  • Ask about regulatory and compliance issues they have faced, and also ask whether they understand your particular environment. Get examples.
  • Research your prospective partner. Do Internet searches, but be sure to call their customers. Ask for referrals. Interview the company. Determine whether it has the capability to provide secure key management even in highly complex environments. Can it integrate encryption management for cloud services (including private cloud) into the broader enterprise infrastructure?

Testing objectives for data center

  • Ensure the accuracy, completeness, and validity of recovery procedures
  • Verify the capabilities of the personnel executing the recovery procedures
  • Validate the information stored in the disaster recovery plan
  • Verify that the time estimates for recovery are realistic
  • Ensure that all changes in the computing environment are reflected in the disaster recovery plan
  • Familiarize IT personnel with the disaster recovery plan and its procedures
  • Verify that outside agencies, such as backup data centers, perform adequately
  • Discover business conditions that require changes to the plan

Active Testing

Active testing requires that the procedures under review be executed exactly as written. You should test the procedure for declaring a disaster with your hot-site vendor, test the ability of your off-site tape storage provider to deliver to the hot site in a timely manner, and test your method for restoring your systems. Each step must be executed completely and the data tested thoroughly by end-user departments to validate recovery. A wide variety of active tests should be performed, including:

  • a full technical test of restoration of production application systems on the iSeries and other mission critical hardware
  • a technical test of LAN and WAN, including any existing WAN failover mechanisms
  • a test of the high availability solution that switches your users to the alternate facility, then checks the validity of the data

Testing planning

  • At least 60 days in advance, schedule the test with your hot-site provider. Notify plan participants of your selected date and time.
  • Meet with your IT recovery team to establish test objectives 30 days before the test date. This will determine the participants’ requirements for the test and let you develop a suitable test schedule.
  • One week before the test, publish the test plan to participants and confirm your test date.
  • Initiate the transfer of tapes from the off-site tape storage office to the recovery services facility.

Role of the plan manager

  • ensure that each objective is fully realized
  • ensure that each test participant follows the procedures from the DRP as precisely as possible
  • document changes necessary to make the DRP procedures work
  • record problems and their resolutions as they arise
  • record the duration of each procedure
  • summarize all the changes to the DRP



  • Data center IT and facilities’ managers need to constantly optimize operations to ensure proper energy use. FieldView 4.0 offers these managers an advanced power measurement tool and streamlined analytical reports to improve and control data center energy usage — while validating cost savings across globally distributed environments.

 

  • Amplified data levels demand more servers, more storage, more equipment and higher energy consumption. FieldView 4.0 offers a holistic view into the entire data center environment so IT and facilities managers can efficiently conduct operations while better managing complex metrics to validate overall data center performance,” says Fred Dirla, CEO, FieldView Solutions.

 

  • FieldView Solutions continues to be at the leading edge of DCIM technology and used by three of the world’s largest banks and nine of the Fortune 250 enterprise organizations. Data Center professionals are invited to register for the 7×24 Exchange Delaware Valley Chapter Meeting to learn more about FieldView 4.0’s enhanced DCIM software solution

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  • Linode today announced a broad expansion of its cloud hosting services for customers in the Asia Pacific region with the opening of a new facility in Tokyo, Japan. Any company with customers or business in the Pacific region can now leverage the Linode suite of services to build and run their applications in the cloud. The newly launched Tokyo facility is the first Asia Pacific location for Linode, and is available now.
  • The new facility will extend Linode’s globally-integrated network of infrastructure services that currently serve over 50,000 customers around the world from centers based in London, GB, UK, Newark, NJ, USA, Atlanta, GA, USA, Dallas, TX, USA and Fremont, CA, USA. Linode expects that the new facility will be able to service its continued growth while providing additional geographic redundancy to customers.

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  • Handset maker Samsung today launched three 3G-enabled mobile phones priced at Rs 5,590- 6,590, expanding its 3G portfolio.

 

  • The company has launched Champ 3.5G (priced at Rs 5,590), Chat 527 (Rs 5,930) and Primo (Rs 6,590) handsets across the touch, Qwerty and bar type formats, it said in a statement.

 

  • Consumers increasingly want to stay connected with friends and family through SNS, IM and messaging while being on the move. With our array of affordable 3G devices across different mobile formats, we are making the 3G experience accessible to a wider set of consumers,” Samsung Country Head (Mobile and IT) Ranjit Yadav said.

 

  • Samsung Champ 3.5G has a 7.1-cm touch, 2MP camera and has a 30 MB internal memory (expandable up to 16GB).

 

  • Samsung Chat 527 features an optical track pad, a 6.1-cm display, QWERTY keypad and supports external memory upto 16GB.

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  • Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) unveiled on Tuesday its new Liquid technology which promises to ease telecom network congestion and possibly change the market for such equipment for good.

 

  • The technology from the world’s No. 2 mobile gear maker after Ericsson shares network resources across mobile and broadband networks, similar to cloud computing.

 

  • For operators it offers a better use of capital. You invest in total network load, not in peak levels,” Phil Twist, head of marketing at NSN’s Network Systems unit, said in an interview. Telecom operators around the world are struggling with a shortage of network capacity as the use of video on smartphones and tablets proliferates. The shortages usually occur during rush hours at specific locations.

 

  • Networks at city centers are crowded, base stations in suburbs which are scarcely used during the daytime. With traditional technology, operators have to buy new base stations for the centers to cope with the growth. According to Nokia Siemens, up to 80 percent of base stations’ processing capacity and up to half of core networks’ capacity is unused.

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