articles on enterprise storage were very interesting
and informative. It is indeed true that many Indian
CIOs don't think beyond a DAS model. Can you let me
know of a few manufacturers and models of NAS file servers?
Do you recommend any particular vendor and model?
Cdr. Pradeep Prasad
Hello Cdr Pradeep Prasad
Thank you for appreciating my articles. I hope that
articles like these and other efforts from people in
the IT industry will increase awareness about enterprise
Vendors like HP, Compaq, EMC, IBM, HDS, Maxtor, Storagetek,
Apara, and Sun manufacture NAS solutions. I do not recommend
any particular offering because it really depends on
the kind of configuration, size, capacity, and budget
that you have.
It's best that you make an assessment report of the
amount of storage that your organization is looking
for. Other than the aspects mentioned above it should
also keep in mind growth in terms of number of users,
locations, and product offerings.
the year 1990, ERP was touted as the next big thing
that could change the face of IT-savvy enterprises.
Most IT magazines and other publications called it one
of the most promising technologies. The hype died down
in 2000, when many companies could not justify the high
costs associated with implementation and maintenance
of systems and manpower. What is the current state of
affairs regarding ERP? Is it fashionable to use ERP
Dear Atul Sharma
its true that many ERP packages fell short of people's
expectations. And that had happened due to a variety
of reasons. In some cases the ERP vendor was not able
to correctly map the solution. The user was left with
tools that didn't match his requirements. In some cases
implementation from the user's side was not proper.
And in some cases the staff was not trained properly
to handle the change in workflow processes.
Over the last 15 months, there have been reports that
companies who have used ERP are now benefiting from
it. There has been sufficient amount of cost savings
and a measurable ROI. Even companies that had trouble
implementing ERP are now very adept using it. And for
some its become a part of the everyday life.
This is a good lookout for companies who plan to implement
ERP and hope to derive benefits from it. India already
has a number of reputed ERP vendors like SAP, Oracle,
and Sybase providing solutions. Pretty soon, JD Edwards,
another well-reputed ERP vendor will launch its products
in India. The future of ERP looks good, but enterprises
will have to take very well-informed decisions to avoid
I manage a LAN of 25 clients and we use NAT on Windows
2000 for connecting to the Internet over an ISDN link.
Can you please tell me if there is any tool available
for monitoring Internet activity? We used Winproxy earlier
which gave us the active connection details and have
now shifted to NAT.
you for writing to me. There are various spy softwares
which you can install and use to keep track of Internet
usage and activity. There are also other tools like
keystroke recorders which allow you in-depth monitoring.
You can visit http://www.internet-monitoring-software.com
for more information.
I hope that you formulate an employee Internet access
policy which lays down guidelines for Internet access.
And let all the users know about the policy to encourage
better bandwidth usage and avoid nasty surprises.
am really impressed by the information provided in the
interview with John C. Collins, Director, APAC, Optical
Internet Engineering, Nortel Networks. The technicalities
were explained clearly and I am now eager to learn more
about DWDM technology.
Can you please tell me a few links where I can gather
about the technology and its benefits? Please keep up
the good work.
you for appreciating the article on DWDM. I hope to
feature more articles on DWDM in later issues as well.
You can visit the following links for more information.
am a regular reader of Network Magazine and find it
very informative. Can you provide me information on
the sales figures, in terms of number of units sold
and the rupee value of sales of mainframe and mid-range
servers? Can you provide me the sales figures of vendors
like IBM, HP, SUN, and SGI?
Has your magazine conducted any survey that will have
the figures? If not, is there any other information
Hello Sumathi Chandrashekaran
you for appreciating our magazine. It is nice to see
that you are interested in mid-range and mainframe server
sales figures of various vendors.
The battle in the mainframe and mid-range market is
mostly between IBM and Sun. Between these two, the competition
is very intense and interesting to follow.
You can visit the following links for some information.
get accurate information about server sales in terms
of units shipped, revenue, and India-specific information
it's best to get in touch with agencies like IDC and
Gartner. They will have the correct information that
can help you. You can also visit the vendor Websites
and look into the press rooms. Sometimes the companies
may like to talk about its achievements in detail.
have gone through your magazine site and find it very
informative. I am a final year student of MBA (Systems)
in Rajkot and am conducting a research on the working
of ERP and its impact on enterprises. In this case your
articles with Monsanto India and Godrej have been very
Can you give me some links to articles and white papers
on ERP? It will help me a lot in my research.
you for visiting my Website, It's encouraging to see
that you are conducting research on ERP. I wish you
all the best. Companies like BPCL, Colgate-Palmolive,
Hindusthan Lever, and Hero Honda have implemented ERPs.
Articles on ERP can be found at:
papers on ERP can be found at:
article on LIC's WAN was very interesting. It's very
encouraging to see that public limited companies have
shed its negative image about computerization and are
taking large steps to IT-enable its businesses. In the
days of manual work, LIC's service to customers suffered
a lot and newspapers carried many letters of disgruntled
policy holders. I firmly believe that this will now
lessen and perhaps end. I wish LIC all the best.
you for appreciating my article. It is indeed encouraging
to see large public limited companies get serious about
its IT infrastructure. With the success of LIC, we hope
many other public limited companies will follow suit.