The future enterprise and more
P, Head - Country Sales & Marketing, Datacraft India Limited
Ananth spoke about the 'Future Enterprise' and divided his presentation into
five broad categories. They were architecture & standards, application network
solution, IP convergence, network management, and integrated security.
"Standards are driven by the evolution of new architectures, and architectures
are driven by the availability of new standards," he explained.
The application network solutions according to him should include staff, customers,
and partners, and is best created on a layered architecture that comprises logic,
services, and the platform. He also talked about the four basic types of integration
approachesbusiness process integration, application integration, data
integration, and infrastructure integration.
He went on to explain the benefits of IP convergence and showed us the current
status of IP convergence on the 'Gartner Hype Cycle'. He also talked about the
changing drivers of IP convergence.
Ananth displayed a security framework, which would allow an enterprise to plan
and control, realize value, manage and operate, and design and deploy technologies
in a planned manner.
As a conclusion he said that the future enterprise simplifies the way technology
works for you.
Blacker, Marketing Manager, Office Systems & Solutions Division, Canon
Singapore Pte Ltd
Blacker spoke about the global trends, issues, and the future of printing devices
"I read the results of a surveys conducted across 500 companies in USA
about the number one issue that they faced. Most of them stated that they wanted
to reduce costs. But as the participants in an earlier panel discussion stated,
that the use of electronic distribution has actually not reduced paper costs,"
In other words what he wanted to say was that, the increased use of digital
technology has resulted in more paper consumption. There always has been a huge
demand for printing on paper, and this has led to the need for document management.
He said that canon believes that there has to be a strong integration between
the digital and printed information. "Obviously if you have paper documents
and electronic documents the key issue will be, how to integrate this together,"
"We are moving to a future where the printing device can be customized
according to the business needs and introduced into the workflow wherever required.
And the key to it is that it should not rely too heavily on programming. It
has to be something you can snap into place in your workflow."
His talk was followed by a presentation by M Lakshmi (Lux) Narayan Rao, Assistant
Director-Marketing, OSS Value, Canon India.
He said that enterprise environments were becoming more complex. And in such
a situation an enterprise would prefer to use a device that could simplify operations
by directly converting a document from an image format to a highly compressed
pdf format, by even an unskilled a junior executive.
"The true efficacy of an application will not depend on how easily tech-savvy
personnel can use it, but on how a non-tech-savvy personnel can use it. This
is when real cost-savings can be seen," he said.
Blumanis, Data Centre Consultant, APC
"Technology changes have been happening in many areas, but the way we
have built data centers has remained the same," he said.
There are lot of business and financial benefits that a company can gain when
a data center is built. So enterprise should look at new approaches of building
a data center that keeps in mind scalability and reliability. There is need
to create agility in the data center. This will allow the data center to change
along with your business, and also get the required TCO.
"Ten years ago, CIOs did not believe that there would be more than 30 1u
form factor servers in a single rack that would consume a lot power. And no
CIO thought that there would be 2.5 tons of storage equipment occupying a lot
of floor space." So it's essential to build a data center architecture
that will keep up with the pace of change in all areas like growth, power, and
Expectations from data centers have also become high. Ten years ago if the data
center was down for a few minutes it may have gone unnoticed. But today, companies
can't afford a minute's downtime because the entire business rests on it.
Many organization's use a wrong approach when designing a data center. They
may have a few business applications like ERP or financials for high availability.
So they build the entire data center with emphasis on high availability. In
reality all applications may not need such high availability, but the organization
has already spent a lot of money to build such an infrastructure.
He also said that the UPS room architecture was as important as the server room
architecture. And it was equally critical to ensure that the power conditioning
equipment could support growth and scalability required to match that of the
Chandrasekar, Business Development Manager, AMD India
Chandrashekhar spoke about the future trends of 64-bit computing.
"The reality of the day is that its not hardware or software that determines
whether you need to move to 64-bit computing. What maters is whether you feel
the need. If you believe that you're ready for 64-bit computing, you are,"
said Chandrashekhar to open his speech.
64-bit computing is pervasive, and will go down to a point that within the next
two to four years, as you decide, it will be adopted in all enterprises. The
only reason why it hasn't been adopted is perhaps the cost.
When there is a consolidation in the IT infrastructure, the cost of staffing
and management goes down, and scalabilty and capacity utilization goes up. In
other words there is better ROI.
"If you map a similar scenario to a 64-bit environment, the costs for application
boost, memory gain, and OS go down. The I/O and plant utililization go up. On
the overall it totals to higher ROI," explained Chandrashekhar. "In
effect you need to look at what works for you at the end of the day."