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Net4India

Beyond hosting

Net4India is an IP infrastructure and services provider. Its services are targeted at enterprises worldwide. The company also offers value-added services in the areas of data or Web, access and VoIP services. by Anil Patrick R

Founded in 1999, Net 4 India Limited (Net4India) is an enterprise service provider operating in the IP communication infrastructure and services space. Services provided by Net4India for enterprises include data or Web, access and VoIP services (for ILD).

The company's Web site services are targeted at companies that require an online presence—for example, either through a Web site or an e-commerce store for conducting online B2C or B2B transactions. Its service offerings include bandwidth for Internet access, co-location of servers, Web site hosting, IP-based voice and telephony solutions, domain name registration and remote data backup solutions.

On the service quality side, Net4India claims to maintain SLAs with high uptimes conforming to international standards. Uptimes of 99.99 percent are claimed to be guaranteed under the SLAs signed between Net4India and its clients.

Web hosting

Net4India has a network of six Internet Data Centres (IDCs) in India, which are located at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. It offers server co-location or server hosting services at these IDCs that are also used for DR and remote backup of critical data

The principal services offered by Net4India include hosting (shared and dedicated), corporate mailing solutions, domain name registration, server co-location and secure certificates. Net4India has collaborative agreements with leading vendors for providing these solutions.

Net4India has a network of six Internet Data Centres (IDCs) in India, which are located at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. It offers server co-location or server hosting services at these IDCs that are also used for DR and remote backup of critical data. In addition, Net4India also provides customised managed services for its high-value clients.

According to the information provided by the company, 75,000 Web sites and over 800,000 corporate e-mail boxes are hosted on Net4India's network. E-mail services support advanced features such as personalised corporate Webmail, spam filters and anti-virus software.

Route to the net

Next, comes the set of Internet access services offered by Net4India. The services portfolio of the company in this segment comprises mainly managed Internet bandwidth solutions.

Access services offered by Net4India are primarily in the area of dedicated Internet leased lines, ISDN, fixed wireless and broadband connectivity. These services are targeted at large corporate entities, BPOs, educational institutes and PSUs.

Net4India's access services are primarily provided through 'Dedicated Internet Leased Circuits'. These circuits are established between Net4India's NOC (Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune) to the business's office premise. The last mile (local loop) is established on copper channel through BSPs (basic service providers) such as BSNL and MTNL.

Currently, the fixed wireless service offered by Net4India is provided on a Point-to-Multipoint technology operating on the 2.4GHz frequency.

A time for VoIP

VoIP can be an economical technology for enterprises that rack up a substantial number of international calls. The company's corporate VoIP solutions include interbranch calling to provide connectivity for organisations with international branches

Net4India also provides services to organisations that want to join the VoIP bandwagon. VoIP can be an economical technology for enterprises that rack up a substantial number of international calls.

The company's corporate VoIP solutions include interbranch calling. These services provide connectivity for organisations with international branches.

For the outsourcing space, Net4India has call centre and BPO VoIP solutions. Net4India's service range in the VoIP space also includes US/UK/Canada toll-free numbers.

The company claims that its VoIP services can reduce international call costs by about 75 percent. According to the company, it currently provides high quality international calls at rates starting from Rs 2.90 per minute. The solutions provider also allows businesses to choose from a range of VoIP hardware according to their needs. These hardware options are tried and tested by Net4India.

Net4India IN A NUTSHELL

Headquartered in New Delhi, Net4India was founded in 1999. It is listed as a public company. Net4India offers services to companies in other parts of South Asia, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and North-West Africa. The organisation claims to be among the leading ISPs in India and the largest provider of data centre services and domain name registration in the Asia-Pacific region. It also claims to have over 1,50,000 unique clients and execute nearly 280 new transactions everyday.

Net4India's vendor collaborations on the hardware side include those with Intel, Dell, Nortel Networks, Cisco systems, Rad data communications, AMP and APC. On the software and bandwidth side, Net4India collaborates with Microsoft and Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited/Bharti respectively. Net4India also has collaborations with Melbourne IT, BulkRegister.com and Verisign.

Net4India's clients include Sahara, Kinetic, DTDC, Hindustan Lever, Symbiosis, Ingersoll Rand, ITC, TCS, Apollo Hospitals and The Deccan Chronicle among others.

Prepared for all eventualities

Net4India maintains redundancy of electric power through multiple power suppliers, online load balanced UPS and auto start backup generators.

Net4India also maintains stringent policies for bandwidth redundancy. It has redundant Internet gateways at Mumbai and Chennai. In addition, it maintains redundant bandwidth by acquiring bandwidth from various international networks and players.

The six data centres by themselves provide an inherent redundancy and businesses have the option to backup their data at more than one IDC.

Anil Patrick R can be reached at anilpatrick@networkmagazineindia.com

 
     
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