Bangalore: Infosys Technologies, a consulting and information technology services company, has announced that it will set up its first disaster recovery centre in the island of Mauritius.
The centre, complete with infrastructure, network connections, telecommunication facilities as well as back-up client data, will be on stand-by to take over client projects from across the globe, in case of any emergency. Serving as an alternate location in case of a disaster in other Infosys development centres, the disaster recovery centre will have a capacity to accommodate 1,500 people.
The proposed centre will be operational from January 2003 on a rented site and move to the company's own 25-acre premises in about three years, with an investment of $25 million. The Infosys campus will also house a global development centre to service its international clients.
Says Infosys COO deputy managing director S Gopalakrishnan: ''Business continuity planning is an integral part of the project management processes at Infosys. The proposed disaster recovery centre at Mauritius will further our efforts in this direction and ensure that the work our clients entrust us with does not suffer under any circumstance.''
Says Mauritius IT and Telecommunications Minister Deelchand Jeeha: ''We are delighted that the technology giant Infosys Technologies is setting up its first disaster recovery centre in Mauritius. We are happy to extend all our support and welcome Infosys to Mauritius, till now known primarily for its beautiful beaches and tropical climate. With the arrival of Infosys, we hope to develop the technological prowess of our country.''
''We are extremely grateful to the Mauritius government for their assistance and support in helping Infosys set up the centre there,'' adds Gopalakrishnan. ''Mauritius is an ideal location for us because of its close ties with India, sound flight connectivity with many Indian cities and cost-effectiveness of operations.''
The centre will be well connected to India as well as to Infosys centres in the US and the UK. In case of an emergency situation, such as natural disasters or political unrest, personnel will be relocated to the centre and work commenced instantly.