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Hitachi to organize forums on "Enterprise Storage"
Close on the heals on launching its NAS and SAN solutions in India, Hitachi Data Systems (www.hds. com), plans to organize forum on enterprise storage solutions for CTOs, CIOs, MIS Managers and IT Directors. The forum will discuss the advantages of SANs for large enterprises with ever-growing storage needs.

Storage area networks (SANs) are high-speed special-purpose networks that interconnect disparate data storage devices with associated data servers for a large network of users. Typically, a storage area network is ideal for big MNCs, government organizations, ISPs, or any other large enterprise that generate large volumes of data. SANs may also be extended to remote locations for backup/ archival using wide area carrier technologies.

The forum aptly titled "Storage solutions for the knowledge age" will address the importance of storage for large corporates and at the same time highlight some of the benefits offered by SANs. The forums will be organized on 25th, 26th and 27th of July in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore and will be co-sponsored by LanBit.

3D Networks launches India office
3D Networks Pvt. Ltd. has launched its India office and happens to be the only Pan-Asian Partner of Nortel Networks.

3D Networks offers customers integration solutions incorporating Nortel Networks' products, solutions and services across the Indian sub-continent. The combined knowledge base and skills sets encompass e-business solutions, including Customer Relationship Management, Call Centers, Contact Centers, Computer Telephony Interface, IP Telephony, Unified Messaging, Speech Recognition and Processing Systems, and Network Infrastructure Solutions with technologies ranging from Content Switching, Access Infrastructure, Enterprise Networks, High Speed Carrier Networks, e-Infrastructure and Converged Networks.

In lieu with the provision of its integration solutions, the 3D Networks India office plans to develop a Product Demonstration Center showcasing the complete e-business and network infrastructure solutions offered by Nortel.

Lucent appoints Convergent as business partner
Lucent Technologies has appointed Bangalore based Convergent Communications India Ltd., as a Lucent Technologies Business Partner in India.

As part of the alliance, Convergent will market and support Lucent's networking products and solutions such as broadband and dial-up remote access, wireless access and next-generation scaleable switching solutions to the service provider and enterprise networking market segments. With this alliance, Lucent will further enhance its distribution network in India.

The new alliance is a part of Lucent Technologies' recently launched Asia/Pacific Business Partner Advantage Program that supports a multi-channel distribution strategy encompassing value-added resellers, distributors, system integrators and independent software vendors. A key feature of the program is that it offers five solutions tracks data networking, wireless, optical, switching and services.

Tektronix enhances Bluetooth Protocol Analyzer
Tektronix has announced the new version 2.1 (V2.1) software for the BPA100 Bluetooth Protocol Analyzer, which extends the capability of the BPA100 and integrates new functions into the analyzer. When equipped with V2.1 software, the BPA100 helps product and application developers track down problems in their new Bluetooth enabled designs and verify compliance with the latest published Bluetooth standards.

Aksh Optifibre to expand
Aksh Optifibre Ltd. plans to expand its optic fibre, optic fibre cable and FRP capacities. Currently,a Rs. 145 crore company, Aksh plans to expand its current capacities of Optical Fibre cables from 82,038 ckm to 2,10,000 ckm, its fibre capacity from 14,50,000 fkm to 53,00,000 fkm and its FRP capacity from 3,00,000 km to 10,00,000 km by March 2002.

Altium introduces solution for VoIP
Altium Technologies has announced the availability of their MGCP based solutions. MGCP, the latest of the VoIP products from Altium, is a complete software implementation of IETF Protocol RFC 2705 bits that manages communication between Media Gateways (MG) and Media Gateway Controller (MGC) or Softswitch.

Altium currently offers H.323 based solutions for the VoIP market. Altium's MGCP product enables NGN designers to integrate standard voice-data-over-IP networks. This allows easy packaging of standard components into various custom configurations depending on implementation needs.

The MGCP product from Altium is available as both source code and binary product along with complete user level documentation. In addition, Altium also offers custom framework development, implementation support and training. The MGCP product from Altium can be implemented as separate stacks for MG as well as MGC side and can support multiple peer stacks. Media Gateway Controller Stack would communicate with multiple Media Gateways and vice-versa.

Spectramind signs up for Cisco's Contact Center Solution
Spectramind eServices, and Cisco systems, have announced the first Beta-Point in India of Cisco's IP based Contact Centre Solution at the Spectramind services facility.

Spectramind, which has invested around US$10 million in a state-of-the-art facility in Delhi, has implemented an IP-based voice, video and data infrastructure that is used by its contact agents.

Cisco products are being used for the IT infrastructure backbone at Spectramind. Cisco's IGX 8430 multi service WAN switches are used to establish the IPLC link for carrying voice and data traffic from US to agents in India. Cisco's 3660 series routers are being used to set up data connectivity through the IGX WAN switches, for Internet connectivity. The 3660 router is used to establish a VPN using IPSEC encryption, and along with the PIX 525 firewall comprehensively secures Spectramind's link to the Internet.

Cisco's content Delivery Solutions are deployed to set up a Cache Engine for Internet linkage to ensure better response time for Internet access for contact agents.

Texas Instruments launches wireless LAN R&D center
Texas Instruments has launched a wireless LAN (WLAN) R&D center.TI India will be developing system level hardware and software solutions for 802.11 technology.

This will include full RF, analog and digital design. TI India will be working in both the areas of IEEE 802.11a and IEEE 802.11b technologies.

For Wireless LAN, specification development, architecture definition, design, characterization and test for RF and Analog, as well as digital base band IC development will be completely done in TI India, for TI Worldwide, along with TI Alantro (Alantro was acquired by TI last year).

Conexant announces Bluetooth System Solution
Conexant Systems has announced its two-chip Bluetooth semiconductor system solution and Bluetooth development station. Conexant claims that its new Bluetooth system solution is the lowest power consumption Bluetooth chipset system solution offered today, and is ideally suited for battery-powered applications.

The Bluetooth system solution also supports generic module designs, embedded module designs and combination applications where Bluetooth is an added communication channel for other Conexant products. Conexant's Bluetooth system solution can be used in conjunction with the company's GSM cellular, PC home networking and cable modem product portfolios to create multichannel communications systems.

Conexant's Bluetooth development station allows OEMs developing Bluetooth-enabled products to quickly and easily design products based on Conexant's technology. A motherboard containing the Bluetooth baseband device, and a series of daughter boards for RF and other functions are included as a part of the development station.

IBM Announces Fibre Channel for LTO Tape System
IBM has announced the availability of native fibre channel LTO Ultrium tape drives for its IBM 3584 UltraScalable LTO tape library, code-named Anaconda. This new functionality will enable router-less SAN connections for the IBM eServer family, Intel, and Sun platforms. IBM claims that the native fibre enhancement, also announced recently, is an industry first for a mid-range tape drive in high-end automation. With this support, customers will be able to have router-less SAN connections, which will speed up data back-up and recovery, support greater distances and enhanced functionality such as server-less back-up and simplify the implementation of tape products in networked storage environments.

Spectramind signs up for Cisco's Contact Center Solution
Spectramind eServices, and Cisco systems, have announced the first BetaPoint in India of Cisco's IP based Contact Centre Solution at the Spectramind services facility.

Spectramind, which has invested around US$10 million in a state-of-the-art facility in Delhi, has implemented an IP-based voice, video and data infrastructure that is used by its contact agents.

Cisco products are being used for the IT infrastructure backbone at Spectramind. Cisco's IGX 8430 multi service WAN switches are used to establish the IPLC link for carrying voice and data traffic from US to agents in India. Cisco's 3660 series routers are being used to set up data connectivity through the IGX WAN switches, for Internet connectivity. The 3660 router is used to establish a VPN using IPSEC encryption, and along with the PIX 525 firewall comprehensively secures Spectramind's link to the Internet.

Cisco's content Delivery Solutions are deployed to set up a Cache Engine for Internet linkage to ensure better response time for Internet access for contact agents.

CommWorks adds IPv6 to Gigabit Router
Delhi based, CommWorks Corporation, vendor of IP-based networking solutions to service providers, is adding support for Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) to its Total Control 100 enhanced gigabit routers.

The Total Control 100 enhanced gigabit routers from CommWorks will support native IPv6 over a 2.4Gbit/s (OC-48c) line interface, which it claims is the fastest interface available on any IPv6 router product. Total Control 100 enhanced gigabit routers with IPv6 support are available today for customer trials, with general availability scheduled for the third quarter of 2001.

IPv6 increases the address space from 32 to 128-bits. IPv6 offers auto configuration for plug-and-play capabilities, greater mobility and improved security. The protocol also supports quality of service (QoS) parameters for real-time audio and video.

Besides, CommWorks has also announced the availability of a new unified messaging platform that bridges circuit and packet-switched networks to deliver advanced messaging capabilities.

Cypress acquires Lara Networks
Cypress Semiconductor has acquired Lara Networks. Lara's product line includes switches, routers and multi-service gateways handling multiple high-speed protocols up to OC-768 and including 10-Gigabit Ethernet.

Lara's products are complementary to Cypress's existing product line for wide-area-network (WAN) infrastructure equipment, which includes a variety of physical-layer, framing, programmable logic, timing-technology and multiport switching solutions for networking line cards.

Wipro Infotech partners with Concord Communications
Wipro Infotech has partnered with Concord Communications to provide performance management, analysis and reporting solutions for telecommunication companies and service providers. The solutions will help enterprises and service providers manage and analyze the performance of their systems, networks and applications. The partnership leverages on Concord's market leading eHealth suite and the high-end systems integration and project management capabilities of Wipro Infotech.

EMC continues to lead
According to the latest report from Gartner Dataquest, a leading independent research and advisory firm, EMC has grown its #1 share of the information storage systems market to 34.6 percent, gaining nearly three times more market share than any other supplier.

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