News and developments around the Indian enterprises. This section offers information around enterprise mobility, cloud deployments, security solutions and other such deployments at business houses and enterprises.


China Unicom Deploys Huawei CloudFabric To Build Private Cloud


Chinese operator China Unicom Monday announced that it has selected Huawei CloudFabric solution to build its first ever private cloud resource pool. The move marks a significant step for China Unicom in enabling its business transformation in the cloud era.

The development of cloud computing technologies and services has enabled China Unicom to expand its businesses. Traditional data centers are no longer aligned with larger numbers of servers and the requirements for quick provisioning of new services. In response to increasingly complex business demands, China Unicom has joined forces with Huawei to build an intelligent and simplified private cloud resource pool using the CloudFabric solution.

The private cloud resource pool, built by Huawei, encompasses an extensive data centre network resource pool with Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) technology to increase the number of servers from 1,000 to over 5,000 and raise network resource utilization by 90%. In addition, Huawei used SDN controllers to facilitate automatic network configuration, significantly shortening the new service provisioning cycle from months to days. Operating efficiency also improved by more than 50%.

“Huawei is dedicated to innovation and research aimed at enabling Carriers’ Cloud Transformation,” said Wang Lei, General Manager of Huawei’s Data Center Network Domain. “The CloudFabric system deployed by Huawei and China Unicom simplifies service deployment and O&M and enhances flexibility. As a leader in the ICT industry, Huawei’s cooperation with China Unicom signifies a new phase of our joint innovation in the digital transformation era.”

Huawei CloudFabric solution has now been deployed at more than 1,200 data centers in over 120 countries. By building agile, open, and secure cloud data centers for customers, Huawei is committed to helping operators and enterprises gain a competitive edge in the cloud service market

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Orange Business Services Bags Bihar Govt’s B-SWAN Project

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Network infrastructure solutions provider Orange Business Services has bagged contract from the Bihar Government for the second phase of B-SWAN project. B-SWAN or Bihar State Wide Area Network aims at providing digital and communication network in the state..

The original B-SWAN project, established in 2008, was an advanced communication infrastructure created by the Government of Bihar (GoB) to support e-Governance under the “Digital India” State initiative. Tata Consultancy Services or TCS had bagged that order.

Government offices and departments across the State access various services, such as videoconferencing, and multiple citizen applications, including iWDMS, VAT MIS, e-tendering applications, CTMIS and eDistrict, as well as general connectivity. However, due to limitations in the existing network architecture, there currently is a lack of bandwidth to meet the increasing demands of data, voice and video services.

As such, the GoB introduced the NextGen B-SWAN 2.0 to enhance the day-to-day communication and collaboration between the Government offices and departments. Orange was chosen to provide reliable network connectivity, along with services, such as Domain Name System, email, internet, voice and video. These services bring improvement, efficiency and reliability to the overall intra-government communication.

NextGen B-SWAN project will connect approximately 10,000 offices within the GoB through 674 PoPs. It will also provide IP telephony and videoconferencing to nearly 1,000 users across the State. More than 50,000 government users will use the network to access Internet and applications hosted at their state data center connected to B-SWAN 2.0.

“A strong State network will help India to provide effective e-governance with applications and collaborative services. Connectivity is an essential component of the “Digital India” campaign. Orange Business Services has the expertise and unmatched technical capabilities to help Governments to deliver seamless data, voice and video. We are honored to support the Government of Bihar and the “Digital India” initiative through this project,” said Bala Mahadevan, CEO, Orange Business Services, India.

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Kansas City Powers And Light Selects Nokia For Power Grid Solution


Nokia has been selected by Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) to enhance the microwave communications network that supports a range of mission-critical services for the utility’s power transmission and distribution grid. The new network, based on packet microwave technology, is intended to support power delivery and reliability for KCP&L’s more than 800,000 customers in and around Kansas City, Missouri as well as parts of neighboring state of Kansas.

Kansas City Power and Light is reinforcing its network using Nokia’s Wavence microwave packet radio family of technologies (formerly known as the 9500 Microwave Packet Radio), which will enable the utility to support all of its grid control applications alongside its legacy data services using a single, converged network. This will simplify the management and operation of KCP&L’s network today, while laying the groundwork for the introduction of emerging grid applications in the future.

The contract is for 10 years that includes KCP&L’s network expansions and upgrades.

The current deployment, covering 40 sites, is already underway and is to be completed before the end of 2017. A second phase consisting of 29 additional sites will follow shortly after.

Nokia’s Wavence portfolio incorporates features specifically designed to address the unique needs of utilities, smoothing their transition from time division multiplexing (TDM) technology to Internet Protocol (IP)-based networks. For the project, Nokia is introducing the latest microwave packet radio technology as an overlay to existing equipment. This approach will enable KCP&L to expand their bandwidth to support new IP-based applications without the need for new antenna infrastructure and without forcing a disruption of existing communications, reducing costs and facilitating a seamless, incremental migration from TDM to IP.

The Nokia Wavence microwave portfolio is the leading ‘pure packet’ product portfolio on the market, and was developed with utilities’ stringent requirements for security, reliability, latency and resiliency in mind. The network is managed by Nokia’s Network Services Platform.

This agreement builds on Nokia’s strong track-record providing mission-critical networks to utilities, having served more than 200 power utilities worldwide. It also highlights the progress of Nokia’s strategy of expanding its customer base outside of the traditional telecommunications sphere, a key focus of the company’s diversification efforts.

“Nokia’s microwave packet radio technology delivers the reliability and performance needed to support our current operations, while providing the scalability and flexibility to introduce new services in the future,” said Melvin Sam Charuvilayil, Supervisor Network Planning & Engineering, Kansas City Power & Light.

Kamal Ballout, head of the Global Energy Segment at Nokia, said: “Nokia understands the needs of power utilities like KCP&L, and has dedicated a great deal of effort to ensuring that our packet microwave technology can meet the requirements today, while preparing networks for the introduction of even more advanced technologies in the future.”

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Megaport Offers Direct Access To IBM Cloud For Enterprises


Network as a Service (NaaS) provider, Megaport, Thursday said that it now provides direct, secure connectivity to IBM Cloud for enterprises. These customers can now access high-speed, dedicated network connections to IBM Cloud from any of Megaport’s 179 data centres globally to transfer of business-critical data between private infrastructure and the cloud.

With IBM Cloud Direct Link, Megaport accelerates cloud adoption for the enterprise, enabling them to seamlessly architect a hybrid environment that connects on-premises infrastructure, private cloud, and public cloud services. Megaport customers can seamlessly access IBM Cloud’s expanding global footprint and cloud-native services such as AI, analytics, blockchain, Internet of Things, serverless and more.

“IBM Cloud has a long and rich history within the enterprise space,” said Vincent English, Chief Executive Officer, Megaport. “Clients who want to build next-generation applications now have direct, scalable access to cloud infrastructure that is tuned for AI and big data. Our connectivity model bypasses the public internet and serves enterprises moving to the cloud while improving performance and network reliability to critical business applications. As a result, customers can optimise workloads and scale between on-premises infrastructure and the cloud.”

“Enterprises have moved well past using the cloud simply for cost-savings, and are now embracing higher value cloud-native services to create new business opportunities,” said Kit Linton, Vice President of Network, IBM Cloud. “Megaport is enabling direct connectivity to IBM Cloud Direct Link to provide a reliable way for global enterprises to expand their reach, drive innovation and embrace a cloud strategy that seamlessly connects public and private infrastructure.”

In the race to provide the enterprise with better IT performance and secure connections to cloud-enabled applications, Megaport-enabled data centres provide a global footprint that extends beyond major metros to provide connectivity to previously underserved regions. Additionally, performance, security and regulatory compliance are all top of mind for enterprises. Megaport’s platform helps solve these barriers to entry for cloud adoption. With the addition of IBM Cloud to the Megaport Ecosystem, enterprises can now access direct connectivity to one of the world’s leading cloud service providers.

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astTECS Launches Cloud-based Voice Logging Solution for Stock Brokers


astTECS, a leading provider of enterprise telecom technology products and Asterisk based Open Source communication solution, today announced the launch of cloud-based voice logging solution. astTECS cloud-based voice logger is an ideal call-recording solution for stock brokers and broking firms that ensure to improve compliance and better customer services. The voice logger harnesses the power of cloud and enables all stock broking firms execute trades of clients, by keeping evidence in the form of voice recording and further strengthen regulatory provisions.

The recent SEBI circular: CIR/HO/MIRSD/MIRSD2/CIR/P/2017/108 makes it mandatory for stock brokers to execute trades of clients, only after keeping evidence in the form of voice recording, effective Jan 01, 2018.

Stock brokers can download and install astTECS voice logger application from the play store. Once installed on the mobile, all incoming and outgoing calls are recorded and pushed to the cloud server via mobile data or Wi-Fi and saved for future reference. The voice recordings are securely stored in astTECS cloud and can be accessed by local or admin user. The solution is compatible with all android phones 6.0 onwards.

astTECS voice logging solution supports ISDN PRI line to record all the incoming and outgoing calls for monitoring and disputes resolution. With its advanced features, flexibility and ease of use the solution helps broking firms of all sizes increase productivity and customer satisfaction, with higher quality management and delivers scalability and unlimited storage of all calls, without the need for any additional hardware. The solution supports logging across multiple PBX sites or branch offices, with the ability to search, sort and locate calls within seconds.

“For the first time, a simple and highly affordable cloud-based voice logging solution is here that enables stock broking firms of all sizes to become fully compliant”, said Dr. Devasia Kurian, CEO, astTECS. The solution has been designed to enable compliance with the consumer protection, record-keeping and data security requirements, he added.

With strong focus on customer needs, astTECS Made-In-India products & solutions serves users across the globe and the company continues to leverage its strong capabilities in product innovation, helping enterprises and SMEs capitalize on latest in technology and adapt to customer’s communications requirements and evolving market opportunities.

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Cisco Launches AI Based Voice Assistant, Spark Assistant


Cisco on Friday launched an artificial intelligence based voice assistant to be integrated with its collaboration application, Cisco Spark. Named Cisco Spark Assistant, the solution was announced at the ongoing Cisco Partners Summit.

The company claims that the Spark Assistant is the world’s first enterprise-ready voice assistant for meetings. It will be available first on the Cisco Spark Room Series portfolio, including the new flagship Cisco Spark Room 70, which we also announce today.

The voice based assistant  is the latest innovation on the Cisco Spark platform. Unlike all-purpose voice assistants, Cisco Spark Assistant has one goal: to help you have great meetings that run more smoothly.

“During the next few years, AI meeting bots will be joining our work teams. When they do, people will be able to ditch the drudgery of meeting setup and other logistics to become more creative than ever,” said Rowan Trollope, SVP and GM, Applications Group, Cisco. “The future of great meetings is Spark with AI and our partners have an incredible opportunity to help customers take advantage of this game-changing technology.”

The company will release Cisco Spark Assistant in phases, starting early next year. In the first phase, a small group of customers will use select features.

Cisco Spark Assistant will first be available on the new Cisco Spark Room 70, which replaces one of our top-selling video systems, the MX800. Just as Cisco Spark Assistant will take on more tasks over time, it will also be available across all Cisco Spark clients and hardware devices over time.

At its heart is the NVIDIA Jetson platform. This lets the engineers use AI to build intuitive and intelligent capabilities. Spark Assistant takes advantage of our meeting room endpoints’ industry-first advancements such as intelligent proximity, speaker tracking and real-time face recognition.

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IBM Cloud Launches Native Environment For Private Clouds

IBM Cloud

IBM today announced a new IBM Cloud Private software platform to help companies unlock billions of dollars in technology investment in core data and applications and extend cloud-native tools across public and private clouds.

IBM Cloud Private software is designed to enable companies to create on-premises cloud capabilities similar to public clouds to accelerate app development. The new platform is built on the open source Kubernetes-based container architecture and supports both Docker containers and Cloud Foundry. This facilitates integration and portability of workloads as they evolve to any cloud environment, including the public IBM Cloud.

IBM also announced new container-optimized versions of core enterprise software, such as IBM WebSphere Liberty, Db2 and MQ – widely used to run and help secure the world’s most business-critical applications and data. This makes it easier to share data and evolve applications as needed across IBM Cloud private and public clouds and other cloud environments with a consistent experience.

An airline, for example, could use IBM Cloud Private to bring a core application that tracks frequent flyer miles into a private cloud environment and connect it to a new mobile app in the public cloud. A financial services firm could use it to keep customer data in-house as it works to meet its security and regulatory requirements while taking advantage of new analytic tools and machine learning in the public cloud to quickly identify investment trends and opportunities.

While public cloud adoption continues to grow at a rapid pace, organizations, especially in regulated industries such as finance and health care, are continuing to leverage private clouds as part of their journey to public cloud environments to quickly launch and update applications. IBM estimates companies will spend more than $50 billion globally starting in 2017 to create and evolve private clouds with growth rates of 15 to 20 percent a year through 2020, according to IBM market projections.

“IBM is at the forefront of empowering clients by providing a cloud platform which is built for innovation, seamless integration and is secure and compliance ready. With IBM Cloud Private, we are further helping customers embark on a cloud strategy by taking advantage of the control and security of their on-premises system with the freedom to connect or move resources to public clouds in the future,” said Vikas Arora, Country Manager, Cloud Business, IBM India and South Asia. “IBM Cloud Private brings rapid application development and modernization to existing IT infrastructure and positions it to be combined with the services and experience of a public cloud platform.”

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Gemalto Upgrades Cogent biometric identification solutions


Gemalto, the world leader in digital security maintains its track record of investing in acquired business. The company’s ambitious development program includes the release of Gemalto CABIS 7, designed to enable law enforcement and other government agencies to perform biometric-based identity searches with an even greater degree of speed, precision and efficiency. In addition, Gemalto has announced the launch of CABIS (Cogent Automated Biometric Identification Solutions) Core Cloud engine, widening the support scope of Cogent’s flagship CABIS portfolio to include flexible and scalable cloud architecture.

Gemalto formally completed the acquisition of 3M’s Identity Management Business, 3M Cogent, in May 2017. The introduction of CABIS 7 marks the first major product innovation since the change in ownership. Notable enhancements incorporated in the latest evolution of this industry-leading identification tool include true multi-modal capability, integrating fingerprint, palm print, face, iris and latent images. As a result, operators can utilize an even wider range of biometric input data and database records in pursuit of reliable identification and verification matches. Furthermore, fundamental architecture and platform enhancements enable a 30% reduction in setup time as compared to previous versions, and future proofs a customer’s investment. CABIS 7 also features a completely re-designed user interface, improving usability.

Gemalto’s additions to the CABIS portfolio also includes CABIS Core Cloud. This new cloud-based backend solution ensures that running costs always reflect actual usage due to the elastic and scalable nature of cloud computing. The need for upfront investment in infrastructure, based on estimated future utilization, is therefore avoided. In addition, on-going pressure on internal IT resources is reduced significantly.

“Gemalto’s fresh investment in R&D is building on Cogent’s proven ability to deliver outstanding biometric identification solutions,” said Dr. Daniel Asraf, Senior Vice President of Biometrics Solutions for Gemalto. “Cogent’s AFIS core technology is already hard at work in around 200 applications across 80 countries, and the addition of resources such as multi-modal capability and cloud-based deployment will further enhance its value in the fight to protect borders and communities from a wide range of threats.”

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Cisco, Google Team Up To Offer Hybrid Cloud Solution


Giving cloud solutions market a tremendous boost Cisco and Google have joined hands to deliver a hybrid cloud solution that helps customers maximize their investments across cloud and on-premises environments.

The companies will provide a unique and open hybrid cloud offering that enables applications and services to be deployed, managed and secured across on-premises environments and Google Cloud Platform. The solution delivers cloud speed and scale, with enterprise-class security.

The offering provides enterprises with a way to run, secure and monitor workloads, thus enabling them to optimize their existing investments, plan their cloud migration at their own pace and avoid vendor lock in. Companies can now develop new applications in the cloud or on premises, consistently using the same developer tools, run time, and production environment.

“Our partnership with Google gives our customers the very best cloud has to offer— agility and scale, coupled with enterprise-class security and support,” said Chuck Robbins, chief executive officer, Cisco. “We share a common vision of a hybrid cloud world that delivers the speed of innovation in an open and secure environment to bring the right solutions to our customers.”

This partnership extends Cisco’s multicloud portfolio and Google Cloud’s open, hybrid cloud technologies, including Kubernetes, Istio and Apigee. The complete solution will be sold and supported by Google Cloud, Cisco and Cisco’s global partner network.

“This joint solution from Google and Cisco facilitates an easy and incremental approach to tapping the benefits of the Cloud. This is what we hear customers asking for,” said Diane Greene, CEO, Google Cloud.

The joint Cisco and Google Cloud hybrid solution helps developers leverage managed Kubernetes, GCP Service Catalog, Cisco networking and security, and Istio authentication and service mesh monitoring. Enterprise app developers can securely access cloud APIs, and cloud developers can securely access enterprise APIs and on-premises resources

In support of this partnership, DevNet – Cisco’s Developer Network – offers a set of tools for enterprise and IoT developers to explore open source technologies, build hybrid cloud solutions, and further develop IoT opportunities. The Cisco DevNet Sandbox provides instant access to hardware and software developer environments at no cost to help developers quickly explore and create solutions.

Developers can get started with Kubernetes and container networking using Contiv in the Sandbox, or take a DevNet learning track on cloud-native development or edge computing to get started today. In addition, developers using Google Cloud have access to a wealth of information, tools, and documentation from the innovator in container management and Kubernetes.

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How Cisco Predictive Services Help Digital Transformation


As digital transformation is being seen as paramount for business continuity and consistent growth, enterprises have become more receptive towards adoption of newer solutions based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. With these technologies have now become a ‘must’ for enterprises across verticals, networking major Cisco has came up with new sort of services using these technologies that would help companies remain ahead of their times.

The San Jose based firm has launched AI based predictive services and put these in two buckets – Business Critical Services and High-value Services. These predictive servives would anticipate IT failures, mitigate risks, reduce maintenance costs and assists organizations in attaining the necessary skills to transform their businesses.

“By leveraging AI and machine learning to address critical IT issues, Cisco’s new services offerings will truly help our customers free up time to focus on the growing IT talent gap, and remain competitive into the future,” says Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins.

The AI driven predictive services will also enable organizations to invest more of their IT budgets on technology innovation amid growing technical skills gap that poses an imminent threat to business continuity.

Cisco Business Critical Services
Cisco Business Critical Services aims at helping minimize human error and extract the most value from products and solutions while creating a highly secure IT environment. The service goes beyond basic optimization to deliver more capabilities including analytics, automation, compliance and security.
According to the firm, the Business Critical services target reducing downtime by 74% and resolve issues up to 41% faster and at the same time reduce operational cost (Opex) by 21%.

Cisco High Value Services
The high value services portfolio aims at better utilizing the resources – advanced software, solutions and the network. This portfolio comes with services offerings that use analytics, onboarding, expertise, and scale to deliver more proactive and prescriptive services, enabling our customers to realize higher value, faster, from their IT investments.

The company feels the solutions it has included in its AI driven predictive services are key for an organization’s digital transformation. If we go by IDC’s forecasts, a whooping $6.3 trillion is pegged to be invested in digital transformation over the period 2017-2020 and of this $2.6 trillion is being budgeted and spent exclusively on third party services firms with expertise in digital transformation.

Cisco is pinning its focus on this market through its Services Business unit, the second largest business division. The AI driven predictive business suite is the latest offering from this unit.

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