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NEC, Sify to promote thin client computing in India

Posted: 06 Mar 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NEC  Sify  client computing 

NEC Corp., a provider of 3G infrastructure and handsets, Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions, and Sify Ltd, a provider of consumer Internet and enterprise services in India with global delivery capabilities, today announced a strategic partnership to jointly promote thin client computing in India.

The collaboration will enable thin client computing in India with NEC supplying virtual PC centres (VPCCs) to Sify, which will utilise them to provide thin client systems to customers as an outsourced service, to enable the spread of VPCC services to companies in the country.

The commercial PC market in India is growing at the thriving pace of 24 per cent per year as the Indian PC market is still in a stage of infancy and has great potential. As Indian companies consider alternatives for commercial PCs, NEC and Sify will promote thin client computing as an outsourced service, which greatly reduces the total cost of ownership (TCO) for the client. More importantly, thin client computing also enables an enhanced security environment for conducting business. Sify will also promote the installation of VPCCs in its Internet cafes and customer call centres.

The partnership aims at the installation of one lakh client terminal units and 6,000 server units within the first three years of business in India. NEC India Pvt. Ltd will promote the concept of VPCC thin computing together with Sify for the delivery of services.

Kazuhiko Kobayashi, executive vice-president of NEC Corp, said, "With more mobile innovations in the ICT industry and faster technological adaptations in recent years, NEC believes that businesses and economies worldwide are evolving from a PC-based computing model to a network-centric computing model. We are optimistic about this new thin client business, and plan to grow it into a Rs.5,665 crore ($1.25 billion) business for our global operations in the next three years."

Through NEC India, NEC will provide a VPCC package of six servers and 100 thin client terminals to Sify. The new package represents a high-availability model suitable for new installation in large-scale thin client terminals. Sify will install Express5800/VPCC Virtual PC Servers and Express5800/VPCC Management Servers in its data centres, and commence the provision of thin client terminal outsourcing services to corporate clients as a service rather than expecting users to purchase, construct and operate their own systems. This service will allow corporate clients to enjoy premium security functions, such as the prevention of information leaks and high-quality internet protocol telephony and video processing, and reduce the TCO. Sify will promote thin client computing through a dedicated sales force, in addition to its current enterprise sales channel.

Sify will promote the use of VPCCs in its 3,500 Internet cafés in India, and installation and active utilisation of VPCCs in its own call centres and office processing systems.

NEC and Sify will leverage their market leadership and capabilities to develop the thin client computing business in India.

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