Manikchand Group saves 30% in IT costs after implementing IBM BladeCenter solution

By Telecom Lead Team: IBM
announced that the Manikchand Group has consolidated its IT infrastructure on
IBM BladeCenter systems.


The new infrastructure has improved manageability of the
company’s core business processes and resulted in energy cost savings. Overall,
Manikchand estimates savings up to 30 percent in overall IT costs. Since the
company is utilizing half of the actual server capacity, future scalability
will be accomplished at a minimal cost.


Manikchand displaced existing server systems from Hewlett
Packard. The selection of IBM was aimed at managing its growth by improving
system management, reducing its overall system footprint, and significantly
lowering IT costs.


In all our IT investments, we seek a balance between
adopting the most innovative solutions and keeping our investments as pragmatic
as possible,” said S J Borawake, IT Head, Manikchand Group.


Manikchand decided to migrate to IBM’s Smarter Computing
approach to IT and its BladeCenter systems. Designed with high-powered,
efficient, yet small footprint blade servers, the IBM BladeCenter system offers
energy efficiencies and more floor space than traditional server systems.
Manikchand incorporated an IBM virtualization solution that is based on
VMware’s VSphere Essential 4.1, to enable faster server deployment and better
application performance and manageability.


The IBM Smarter Computing strategy we’re implementing
will help in cutting down our IT power utilization by more than 60 percent by
bringing the overall consumption to 2000W from 5000W and reduce capital and
operational expenditure along the way,” said PR Dhariwal, managing director,
Manikchand Group.


Manikchand’s entire implementation and consolidation was
executed by IBM’s Business Partner VDA Infosolutions.


Today, Manikchand’s Pune-based management team can
connect with manufacturing plants across India for consolidation of application
and infrastructure. The new IBM infrastructure has positioned Manikchand to be
able to grow its IT along with its business, and to serve more clients than
before in the same hardware footprint.


Manikchand Group realized the need to build a robust
infrastructure to address their current and future expansion plans, attaining a
lower TCO and a higher ROI. Our Business Partner helped them identify the right
solution by factoring all future growth plans of the Group. The choice of IBM
over competitive platforms reaffirms our leadership in the server market in
India and our commitment to help clients and Business Partners succeed,” said
Anoop Nambiar, country manager, Business Partner Organization, IBM India.


Recently, BNP Paribas and IBM announced a six year
agreement for management, support and maintenance services of BNP Paribas
infrastructure through their joint venture BNP Paribas Partners for Innovation
(BP2I) created in 2004.


BNP Paribas and IBM extend infrastructure services agreement
for six years


BNP Paribas Partners for Innovation (BP2I) is a joint
venture equally owned by BNP Paribas and IBM for managing IT infrastructures.
The partnership provides BNP Paribas with the innovations needed to respond to
their rapid growth and globalization of the banking industry.


IBM has opened its branch office in Visakhapatnam, Andhra
Pradesh, in South India, as part of the company’s expansion initiative to
increase its presence in key growth markets.


IBM has opened its branch office in Visakhapatnam


In 2011 IBM has opened six new branch offices in India as
it expands its reach to smaller, rapidly developing cities as part of its plan
to establish a presence in over 40 cities across India/South Asia by 2013.

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