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HFCL Selects IBM BladeCentre and System x Server Technology to Support Robust IT Infrastructure and Increase Energy Efficiency

The HFCL Group, a leading player in the telecom sector in India, has selected IBM to integrate and implement innovative blade server technology to help reduce its operational costs and "Go Green" while increasing efficiency. This three-year agreement includes the deployment of IBM BladeCentre technology and X3650 servers that will provide significant savings on power and cooling, lowering total cost of ownership (TCO), and increasing productivity, making IBM’s infrastructure technology the right choice for HFCL to go green.

IBM brings decades of global telecommunications expertise and experience to pull together a customized integrated product-suite on a single technology platform.

HFCL needed a robust system to support its ERP, CRM, Billing, Mail and IPTV application infrastructure especially with their recent investment in an IPTV project - “Smart Digvision”. IBM demonstrated for HFCL how IBM BladeCenter technology can help reduce costs while being energy efficient. IBM BladeCenter technology uses up to 50 percent less floor space and up to 35 percent less energy than competitor rack servers without compromising performance.

“Globally and in India, IBM is the leading solutions provider to the telecommunications industry. We believe our expertise in this segment and breadth of products and services will help companies such as HFCL tackle the explosive Indian and global telecom market with the assurance that they have IBM at their side as they grow into the future,” said Mukul Mathur, Director, Systems & Technology Group, IBM India/South Asia.

After evaluating its current infrastructure from competition, HFCL chose IBM to provide a reliable hardware solution to deliver investment protection and better TCO.

“HFCL’s ambitious plans and its rapid expansion in the National scenario demands a robust, homogeneous and constrained data centre environment with long-term business critical applications. We wanted to partner with the best technology advisor in the industry in order to leverage their expertise, especially in the telecom sector. After re-evaluating our current infrastructure, we found IBM to be the best choice offering end-to-end solutions that addressed our IT needs fully”, said Amardeep Singh, Head IT Infrastructure HFCL.

Based on industry estimates, the Indian telecom equipment industry grew by 24 percent to reach Rs 95,407 crore in 2007-08, as the competition is further intensifying with providers continuously rolling-out new services and making huge investments toward new technologies.

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