Congratulations on the October 2002 issue of Network
Magazine. The decision to print a collection of case
studies was a brilliant idea. I especially found the
article on Hero Honda's server architecture very worthwhile.
Many enterprises have well-structured server architectures,
but it's important to tweak the architecture every now
and then to get the best out of it. Otherwise the administrator
is faced with the task of continuously upgrading the
hardware for minimal performance gains.
Thank you for appreciating the previous issue of Network
Magazine. I am glad that you found the article on Hero
Honda's server architecture interesting. It's true that
many enterprises spend large amounts to build redundant
server architectures but sometimes miss out on the chance
to get more out of the existing investment. Regular
tweaks and server consolidation exercises can get a
lot more out of the systems than the existing performance
Your article 'A warehouse of value' in the October 2002
issue was interesting and informative. It seems a data
warehouse seems to be an exercise only possible for
large enterprises, due to the high cost. It's difficult
for a small company to invest in data warehousing.
Thank you for your observations. Data warehousing is
possible for a company of any size. It's a technology
which can be applied wherever there are servers with
organized data stored in them. And the results can be
used to garner a number of benefits. In a practical
scenario it's only worth the while and the investment
for a large organization to implement a data warehouse.
A small organization does not need such an intricate
study of its data. In Godrej Consumer Products Limited's
case, for example, data warehousing tools are mostly
used for analysis and trends that allow the company
to create short- and long-term strategies and business
problem solutions. The company also feels that you can
view interesting trends in sales and costs.
Your article on WLANs was
informative. However the cost of WLAN equipment is still
very high. The data transfer rates are also not very
high compared to a wired infrastructure. Do you really
think that this technology will take off?
Thank you for appreciating the article on WLANs. The
cost of WLAN equipment has come down a lot over the
last 12 months and the technology has also matured.
I agree that compared to a wired LAN the costs are high,
but the real question is why do you actually need WLAN?
If you deploy WLAN for use on your desktop workstation
which does not need to relocated, it's not a good idea.
Use WLAN if you're on the move, your new office does
not permit breaking walls to install cable, or you have
to move around in your warehouse to take physical inventory.
Technology for technology's sake is not the aim. The
aim is to use technology for business' sake.