Electrical power to an enterprise
is like oxygen to a living beingboth are essential.
Electricity is the silent performer who is noticed only
when it's acting up, or when it's not there. We've dedicated
this month's cover story to the unsung hero of enterprise
The articles provide you with
a look at the usual problems with power, and ways to
handle them. Contrary to what many CIOs/CTOs may believe,
an UPS is not a total power conditioning solution. An
enterprise needs to use a power conditioning policy,
which lays down equipment specs and operational guidelines
to ensure uninterrupted, clean, and reliable power for
the sensitive hardware.
Developing countries usually
suffer anomalies in power supply, and India is no exception.
Most Indian cities suffer frequent blackouts and long
periods of brownouts (sustained low voltage levels).
And so we've suggested a number of strategies to deal
with these irregularities.
We have collected case studies
of Indian companies in different zones of the country.
The articles look at how the companies have tackled
power problems unique in their respective cities and
built a policy around it. They can help you model a
power infrastructure and policy of your choice.
Banks and financial institutions have taken an aggressive
stance in matters of IT-enabling themselves. Most MNC
and private banks in India have been quick to recognize
the benefits of IT and built reliable infrastructures
to benefit from it.
Public sector banks and financial
institutions have also warmed-up to the idea, and have
begun to IT-enable themselves slowly but surely. The
banking business environment is however, fiercely competitive
and account holders have a choice to move to a competition
based on whims and fancies.
We have dedicated a special
section to technology in banks. It studies the business
drivers and subsequent evolution of IT infrastructure
in this industry. The articles will help the bank's
CIO/CTO make an informed decision about the technology
to use, how to go about deploying it, and how to upgrade
it. The idea is to reduce costs in all areas, retain
existing customers, and capture new ones.
There are also case studies
with nationalized and private sector banks which study
the paths taken by them to build their IT systems and
stay in competition.
Cables, another unsung hero, also finds place in this
issue. Did you know that the Indian market for structured
cabling is estimated to be in the region of Rs 250 crore?
CAT 6 cabling is relatively
new in this area. CAT 6 took a long time to evolve.
While work on the standard began in 1997, it was only
in 2002 that the standard was finally ratified. Most
major projects kicking off today are being specified
on CAT 6. The verticals where CAT 6 is dominant are
IT and ITES, corporates, Government, R&D organizations,
and Telecom. CAT 6's success can be seen in the fact
that 50 to 55 percent of new cabling deals are accounted
for by CAT 6.
Do check out the Cabling section
for an update on CAT 6 cabling.