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IBM brings green data centre to Indian finance group

Posted: 04 Feb 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:green  energy-efficient  scalable modular data centres  power consumption 

IBM India has announced its deployment of three energy-efficient scalable modular data centres (SMDCs) in a Rs.15.51 crore ($3.1 million) IT infrastructure services agreement with Religare Enterprises Ltd (REL), an integrated financial services group.

IBM is designing, building and will be maintaining highly scalable, modular and energy-efficient green data centres in Delhi, Noida and Mumbai for REL. In addition, IBM will establish the networking infrastructure and a disaster recovery solution for the said company. The SMDCs will help REL reduce annual power costs by 30-35 per cent and enable it to effectively meet technology requirements of its expanding business.

To increase its market share while handling the rising volumes of trading, REL needed a highly scalable yet resilient data centre infrastructure. At the same time, the company needed to ensure high operational cost-efficiency, given that power consumption is a major factor in any company's operational cost. IBM's SMDC design leveraging high density computing and precision air-conditioning ensures a saving of more than 3,600 units (KWH) per day in power consumption alone as compared to an 8,000 square-foot conventional data centre. In a year, this represents a saving of nearly Rs one crore ($250,000).

Nipun Mehrotra, vice president and general manager of IBM India/Southeast Asia's Global Technology Services, said, "In these economically difficult times, companies across the board want solutions that can help them achieve greater operational efficiency and save costs."

"We are confident that our partnership with IBM will provide us with a distinct competitive edge in the market," said Shachindra Nath, group chief operating officer of REL.

IBM has built over 300,000 square-foot raised floor data centre space in India. In May 2007, the company launched Project Big Green to help clients around the world improve the efficiency of IT and better optimise their data centre resources. IBM invested Rs.5,003.64 crore (US$1 billion) to increase the efficiency of its products to help data centres reduce energy consumption, demonstrating its energy efficiency by consolidating up to 3,900 computer servers onto about 30 System z servers running Linux OS and virtualisation technology. The company has already deployed green data centres for over a dozen clients in the country.

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