The Smart Enterprise
The issue of intelligence in the enterprise was examined in detail at the 'Intelligent
Enterprise' roundtable conducted at Technology Senate 2003.Panelists comprised
enterprise users from areas as diverse as airlines, shipping, pharmaceuticals,
The panel came forth with innovative suggestions on how to make enterprises
more intelligent. Deepak Shikarpur, Executive Director, Computer Society of
India moderated the discussion. Here are excerpts from the discussion, which
deal with enterprise storage issues.
M.S.V. Rao, Director,
Dept of IT, Air-India said:x
It will be a great help, if data is transferred in a compressed format. Today's
compression methods are all software-driven and not really satisfactory when
it comes to DR. This is why compression is an issue that the storage industry
should address, possibly with a firmware solution, to bring greater efficiency.
Real-time replication of data is also an issue at most DR sites. When we talk
about multiple replications, it deals with transfer of data through communication
links. More data means that bandwidth and related issues are multiplied.
There should be mechanisms to send out alerts in case of theft/misuse/ sabotage
of information so that the owner can take necessary precautions. It is a very
good idea to have hard disks with in-built utilities for these.
RP Dumasia, GM,
Head - IT, The Great Eastern Shipping Company said:
The biggest number of PC crashes on board ships is due to the hard drive. This
is due to factors like rolling of the ship and vibrations when the ship starts.
In such a situation, we have to actually instruct users not to start their PCs
till they reach the deep sea or when they are in a port.
Maintenance of equipment on ships is a problem. It is not always possible to
have service personnel onboard during voyages and for 24 hours when ships are
at port. This is why we look forward to technologies for desktop PCs that are
hot-swappable. The advantage of this technology is that users can perform the
replacement themselves. It will go a long way in making things easier for most
operating units of ours.
C Yella Reddy,
Senior VP, IT, Global Trust Bank said:
When we talk about compatibility, we actually talk about the future and existing
generation of compatibility issues. The lifecycle of a hard disk and its compatibility
with older generation hardware are also to be considered.
V.V.R. Babu, CIO,
Web-based applications take a lot of centralized storage that runs into Terabytes.
Currently, e-chaupal uses normal desktop PCs to provide direct access to this
huge storage. Being a centralized application, the application does not create
problems. However, PC downtime is a problem. It should be possible to recover
from any problem using a remote tool at the desktop level.
We are planning
to move to thin clients so that there are lesser maintenance issues in remote
Director, Dept of IT, Air-India
CIO, Dabur India
GM - IT, GlaxoSmithKline
C. Yella Reddy,
Senior VP, IT, Global Trust Bank
GM, Head - IT, The Great Eastern Shipping Company
Manager - IT, Volvo
Executive Director, Computer Society of India
The interest shown by enterprises towards deployment of thin clients for Web-based
applications is a trend that is catching on. The multiple advantages offered
by thin clients from monetary, maintainability, and manageability perspectives
are the prime drivers. It is also interesting to observe the trend towards real-time
replication of data at DR sites. This indicates that enterprises have started
looking at the performance issues related to DR. DR has progressed from being
a concept to a necessity.