As part of its IT services agreement with MTS India, IBM will design and build two green data centres – one each in Chennai and Gurgaon. The aim is to support company’s pan-India expansion plans for offering telephony services.

In a similar initiative, IBM, Syracuse University (SU) and New York State have also entered into a multiyear agreement to build and operate a new computer data center on the University’s campus. It’ll use smarter computing technologies to make an energy-efficient data center. The data center, says IBM, is expected to use 50% less energy than a typical data center today, making it one of the “greenest” computer centers in operation. (Read: Making Energy-efficient Data Centers)

MTS India is the mobile telephony services brand of Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL), a joint venture company between Sistema of Russia and Shyam Group of India.

The green data centres, according to IBM, will help SSTL achieve 20% energy savings.

The data centre solution being deployed by IBM provides the facility to scale power and cooling automatically depending on the load. IBM will also build a Network Operations Centre (NOC) to help the SSTL team monitor and manage applications and network in a 24/7 environment.

SSTL is currently in an expansion phase with plans to launch pan-India telecom services in the coming months. The IBM solution is supposed to ensure that SSTL’s expansion plans are supported by Green IT infrastructure.

The Chennai site will serve as the main data centre for SSTL, while the data centre in Gurgaon will act as the disaster recovery site. IBM has deployed cooling solution at these data centres, which aim to result in operational savings for SSTL.

IBM is aggressively targeting Indian market. Recently, HDFC Bank became the first commercial bank in India to use IBM System z mainframe. (Read: HDFC Bank Banking on IBM System z Mainframe)

It has also signed an agreement with STAR India. The tech major will implement SAP application covering all major business processes of the leading film, TV company. (Read: IBM to Entertain TV Player STAR India)

According to IBM, SSTL is already providing telecom services in Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala states in India. It has acquired licenses and spectrum to provide mobile telephony services in all the 22 circles across the country under its MTS brand name.

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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