Frontier Plans to Virtualize 15 Projects Per Month

by Manu Sharma    Feb 09, 2009

Frontier Business Systems, which forayed into virtualization eight months ago, intents to virtualize 15 projects each month from the next fiscal. The infrastructure solutions and services company has so far virtualized about 26 projects.

Recently, the company replaced Thompson Reuters India’s legacy servers with virtual machines, and is set to do the same for its branches in Hyderabad and elsewhere across India.

Talking to CXOtoday, Ravi Verdes, director and CEO of Frontier Business Systems said, "We have extensive skill sets in virtualization assessment, solution design, deployment, and managing enterprise implementations. Having completed a number of projects in IT and ITeS sectors, we are now targeting government, BFSI, manufacturing, and institutional clients."

Virtualization is a proven software technology that reduces costs, promotes green IT, and vastly reduces the computing footprint in ever-expanding data centers. It makes it possible to run multiple operating systems and multiple applications on the same computer at the same time.

Verdes said, "Initially, we only talked of desktop virtualization, but today it has moved into servers, storage and networking as well. As we have the required skills in each of these domains, we decided to expand from desktop to the data center."

Frontier is currently working with Sobha Renaissance Information Technology (SRIT) for their x86 server virtualization, besides with Apex Bank, Anna University, and BHEL covering most of the verticals.

A Gartner report indicates that virtualization market is presently at $2.2 billion and estimated to touch $4 billion by 2010. Unlike countries like Canada that are about 95% virtualized, only about 5% companies in India are virtualized.

"Today virtualization is one of the key technologies. We took a call more than a year ago and decided to invest heavily in virtualization. It helps reduce the number of servers, reduce space, manpower, energy and even the annual maintenance cost on the servers," said Verdes.