HPPCL deploys data center to improve efficiency

by Sohini Bagchi    Sep 14, 2012

hpdatacenterState government agencies in India are increasingly becoming IT conscious. The recent example is that of Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL), the state cooperative for power in Himachal Pradesh that believes in efficient functioning by leveraging IT. The state-owned agency has deployed a data center to improve efficiency in delivering power services in the state. The data center will facilitate the rollout of SAP applications and services at HPPCL.

B.S. Negi, DGM - IT and electrical told CXOtoday that Orange Business Services, the enterprise communications arm of France Telecom-Orange, is integrating and managing the hardware infrastructure of the data center. As the implementation partner, Orange is providing round the clock onsite integration, project management and managed services to HPPCL. He informed that the software infrastructure has been provided by Accenture.

Negi informed that the organisation was earlier facing operational complexity because of multi-vendor management. “We were looking for an infrastructure that includes fully equipped high-end computing, network and security solutions that can be managed round the clock. This is when we evaluated Orange on their ability to meet contract and quality system requirements on delivering, integrating and managing the data center at HPPCL.”

“Now we can seamlessly integrate various complicated business functions such as records, inventory, logistics and billing services. The software installation is still under process and will be completed in the next couple of months. The provision for a single window helpdesk will also enable the swift resolution of power related issues,” he said.

The state agency has also partnered with Orange for the commissioning the maintenance of the Disaster Recovery site located in Chennai. According to Bala Mahadevan, CEO, Orange Business Services, India, “For maintaining the DR site and other support services for HPPCL, we have tied up with APC, CA Technologies and Juniper Networks.”

Negi said by adding SAP capabilities to the data center, we aim at better decision making in managing the data center, enhance visibility and add operational efficiency to our existing IT infrastructure.