VSAT services for colleges
I read the article 'Connectivity the VSAT way' in a past
issue of Network Magazine, by Soutiman Das Gupta. It was very interesting and
I offer Internet over cable services in the city of Hyderabad.
Recently, representatives of around 10 colleges in various parts of Andhra Pradesh
have got in touch with me. They want to use Internet access services with the
help of VSAT links.
In that regard I would like to enquire about the cost of
VSAT equipment and bandwidth. What are the various licenses I have to obtain
in order to provide the services, and what will be the license fees?
Thank you for writing to us. We are glad that you have
found the article interesting and informative.
There are various VSAT service providers in India. Some
of them are Comsat Max, HCL Comnet, and Hughes Network Systems India Ltd. You
can get in touch with them for the current subscription rates. They will also
be able to tell you about the necessary equipment, licenses, and formalities
necessary to offer the service to others.
The article on Emerson Network Power (India) Private Limited,
written by Brian Pereira, which dealt with materials management, called 'MIN-cing
material costs' in the April 2004 issue of Network Magazine was very informative
After reading the article, it seems that the solution is
similar to that of a Supply Chain Management (SCM) solution. And if that is
so, why doesn't the company simply call it an SCM initiative?
Dear Sunil Verma,
Thank you for the words of appreciation for the article.
We are glad that you have found the article interesting and informative.
An SCM solution essentially encompasses an enterprise within
a regional or nationwide boundary, and helps the free flow of raw material and
related business information from the various suppliers and the company in the
various stages of manufacturing.
Emerson Network Power (India) Private Limited's Material
Information Network (MIN) performs materials management on a global scale. All
Emerson group companies around the world can use this platform for Reverse Auctions,
to select the best available supplier and the rates before placing orders. This
supplier delivers the required goods to the particular locations.
The MIN also has an added intelligent function called the
Inflation Model. This is a predictive tool to help the business plan projects
for procurement price improvements.
Such an initiative is unique to the organization and thus
it prefers to call it MIN.
Is consolidation everything?
The case study article on VSNL's storage consolidation
initiative, called 'Consolidation pays off at VSNL', by Anil Patrick R in the
April 2004 issue of Network Magazine, was very well-written.
It seems that network storage systems are not very easy
to manage, and there are a number of issues to be addressed. So is consolidation
the best answer to most problems and issues regarding networked storage systems?
Dear Prakash Gupta,
Thank you for the appreciation of the article.
Storage consolidation is an effective fix for any storage
management-related problem, but there are more aspects to it, in order to make
the solution more effective.
In VSNL's case the needs were to consolidate the information
kept in multiple DAS devices, create the flexibility to handle failures, cut
down costs of incremental storage, and have a high-speed data access mechanism.
The company used a SAN and was able to address all the issues.
But all storage issues are not the same. And each organization
will have needs unique to it. Consolidation helps to achieve better control
over storage systems.
If an organization's storage systems are not very easy
to manage, other than consolidation, the CIO can invest in updated hardware,
a faster LAN, and a proven and tested storage management software platform.