IBM helps Manikchand Group to consolidate IT infra

by CXOtoday Staff    Jan 23, 2012

Pune-based Manikchand Group, a privately-owned conglomerate better known for its tobacco products, and having presence in other business areas like electric switches, packaged drinking water, wind farms, offset printing, real estate and construction chose IBM to consolidate its entire IT infrastructure.

Increase in data volumes and server systems led to significant sprawl across the company.
To deal with the strains, Manikchand decided to migrate to IBM’s Smarter Computing approach to IT and its BladeCenter systems.

According to a press release, IBM BladeCenter systems displaced existing server systems from Hewlett Packard (HP) to better manage its growth by improving system management, reducing its overall system footprint, and 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.

For Manikchand, the new infrastructure has improved manageability of the company’s core business processes and resulted in significant energy cost savings. Overall, Manikchand estimates savings up to 30 percent in overall IT costs. In addition, since the company is utilizing only half of the actual server capacity, it is confident that future scalability will be accomplished at a minimal cost, said a release.

“The IBM Smarter Computing strategy 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 P R Dhariwal, Managing Director, Manikchand Group.

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

“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,” said Anoop Nambiar, Country Manager, Business Partner Organization, IBM India.