Computer Associates carried on its hectic activity in India, from last week (see CA joins with Datamatics, Pentafour, Escorts), with more announcements. CA has announced that HDFC Bank, India's largest private sector bank, will be using CA's Unicenter TNG to manage its corporate IT environment.
HDFC Bank Limited, established in 1994 has a network of 60 branches across 20 cities (20 more to be added by the end of the year) with an equally wide network of automated teller machines (ATMs) across India,. It also has telephone and Internet banking.
HDFC Bank will use Unicenter TNG to help simplify management of its technology infrastructure using leveraging the network, desktop and system management capabilities of Unicenter TNG. Unicenter TNG wsill allow HDFC Bank to automate operating procedures like conducting periodic backups, software updates as well as monitoring operating systems, databases and networks for optimum availability and capacity utilization, streamline IT operations and improve the quality of service. The implementation of Unicenter TNG will form the foundation for end-to-end monitoring and administration of HDFC Bank's heterogeneous IT environment.
"We needed a total solution to manage our vast IT infrastructure across the country and had tested a number of solutions," said C.N. Ram, head of Information Technology, HDFC Bank. "Unicenter TNG allows HDFC Bank to effectively simplify our operations across platforms. It offers superior capabilities in terms of scope, scale and function."
"In today's fast paced business environment, it is more crucial than ever before for companies to exploit technology to the fullest extent," said Venkat Subbarao, managing director, CA India. "HDFC Bank is a prime example of a company moving forward by using Unicenter TNG to improve its business performance, thereby offering its clients the best service available."
Earlier on 22 November Computer Associates announced that the National Stock Exchange (NSE) of India, one of the largest interactive stock exchanges in India and the world, has selected CA's Unicenter TNG to manage and monitor its highly complex IT resources and assist in disaster recovery.
NSE, located in Mumbai, was established in 1993 and lists more than 1,300 securities and conducts more than $750 million (U.S.) daily in trading with over 4,700 trading members and dealers logging in to the trading system every day for online real-time trading. NSE also displays live stock quotes at its website (www.nse-india.com).
NSE has trading terminals spread over 290 cities in the country connected to the exchange through more than 2,300 VSATs (very small aperture terminals) and this number is expected to grow to more than 3,000 in the next year.Unicenter TNG will be used for the IT infrastructure management of NSE's systems that include hardware platforms like Stratus, Compaq, Sun, HP and Intel servers, operating systems like UNIX and Windows NT apart from more than 1,000 desktop PCs.
"We wanted a solution that would provide centralized management of our IT infrastructure. Also, with such a widespread network, we thought Unicenter TNG was the right solution that could scale upward to solve the problem of managing our entire IT infrastructure," said Dr. R.H. Patil, managing director of NSE.
Venkat Subbarao, managing director of CA India said "Crafting the right solution for NSE was a tricky proposition for CA engineers - not only was the size of the stock exchange's infrastructure complex, it was both 'mission-critical' and 'real time' in the true sense. But CA experts rose to the occasion and offered NSE a solution that would help it meet all of its technology needs."
NSE plans to implement the Unicenter TNG Asset Management, Remote Control and Software Delivery options. The Asset Management Option will manage NSE's desktop and server inventories. The Remote Control Option will assist in configuration management and remote diagnosis for desktop workstations while the Software Delivery Option will automate application distribution and installation as well as upgrades of operating systems and file data at NSE. The Advanced Storage Option will enable automated backup and restoration of PC-based critical data to central servers.
Computer Associates and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), one of the largest management consultants and systems integrators in the world, had announced (on 15 November) that they are joining forces to offer a range of services for the Indian and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) markets. The partnership will leverage Unicenter TNG, CA's enterprise management solution, and the expertise of its Global Professional Services (GPS) organization.
PwC will offer its clients an integrated IT infrastructure management solution using Unicenter TNG and also establish a Unicenter TNG competency center. CA will provide the technical support to PwC at its Technology Center in India.
Roopen Roy, executive director and management consulting services leader of PwC said "CA's Unicenter TNG will make the task of managing complex infrastructure cost-effective and simple, while ensuring 24x7 availability and a highly secure environment. We are looking forward to working with CA."
Computer Associates had also announced its agreement with Wipro Corporation, one of India's leading IT companies, to bundle CA's InoculateIT and Unicenter TNG Framework with Wipro's desktops and servers-Wipro's Mentor Corporate PCs, NetPower Servers, Grafika workstations and Voyager home PCs.
Under the terms of the agreement, Wipro will bundle CA's premier antivirus solution InoculateIT and the Unicenter TNG Framework, an open, cross-platform enterprise management infrastructure that helps clients and third-party vendors create IT management applications.