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Issue of May 2003 
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Keep the lights on

Electrical power to an enterprise is like oxygen to a living being—both 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 networking.

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.

Bank on it
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.

The right connection
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.

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