The Computers in the Network
The second day at Technology Senate 2004 featured a track
dedicated to Network Computing (NC). The objective of this round of presentations
was to help a CIO work out ways to unleash the power of NC to transform every
aspect in an enterprise. Few tools help you meet competitive pressures and discover
new opportunities quite like network-based technologies. However, the relentless
pursuit to push the technology envelope further presents fresh and constant
challenges. So for CIOs seeking anytime information access, the need of the
hour is an expert overview of the architectural framework, best practices and
methodologies prevalent in NC today, which is just what this track provided.
Parijat Chakraborty, Senior Manager, User & Communication Research, IDC
India, talked about the invisible network. The idea behind such a network is
that the IT infrastructure should be managed and must function in such a way
that a user is oblivious to what goes on behind-the-scenes. The emphasis was
on processes and management strategy. He talked about the advantages of moving
towards NC architecture, and how organizations can leverage NC to gain IT-business
Anil Valluri, Director, solutions organization client, Sun Microsystems India,
made a presentation which highlighted an NC architecture roadmap. The roadmap
aims to bring adaptability, improved efficiencies and reduced costs to an enterprise.
The session covered a number of angles such as ways to unleash the power of
NC to transform every aspect of an enterprise, the norms for developing an NC-enabled
organization, and the key to better network services, data center performance,
managing identity information, and lower system costs.
Prof S Sadgopan
Prof S Sadgopan, Director, IIIT, Bangalore gave a presentation
about shifting towards NC, and discussed the best practices in migrating to
it. His session took a brief look at its evolution, the need for NC, the preferred
strategy for the shift, narrated some installation success stories, mentioned
the pitfalls to avoid, and listed the technical and management challenges encountered
along the way.