CFO Survey: Outsourcing Declines In U.S.
June 13, 2011

A survey by BDO USA, a consultant, reveals that outsourcing has declined among US firms. Read more

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HP rolls out EcoPOD modular data center, provides high-density converged infrastructure with extreme energy efficiency
June 10, 2011

LAS VEGAS HP today at Discover here unveiled what it says is the world’s most efficient modular data center, a compact and self-contained Performance Optimized Data Center (POD) that supports more than 4,000 servers in 10 percent of the space and with 95 percent less energy than conventional data centers. Read more

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New Privacy Laws To Impact Outsourcing to India
June 10, 2011

Though outsourcing has become a standard among businesses, there are some risks associated with it. With drastic improvements in technology, data privacy has become a relevant issue in outsourcing.

This is particularly true with special networks and cloud computing. Against this background, India has introduced modifications to the IT Act of 2000. The objective is to monitor security breaches more closely so that Indian outsourcing takes on a higher degree of reliability.

Although the new regulation has been received with discontent, outsourcing firms are complying with the Reasonable Security Practices and Procedures and Sensitive Personal Data or Information. Most firms are getting ready for the new technology rules in 2011.

The government’s intention is to promote offshoring in India with enhanced data security and privacy. But outsourcing firms will have a tough time obtaining access to sensitive documents. Some executive are of the opinion that the rules are inflexible.

Satya Prabhkar, CEO and founder of Sulekha.com was quoted as saying, “The changes to the IT rules give enormous freedom to the government to block any blog or website.  And this is definitely something that is not implemented in print media, for instance.” He added, “The act uses generic terms like being grossly harmful, libelous, harassing, etcetera, as reasons to block or remove any content on the Internet. The government should have a re-look at it,” reports CIO.in

Some companies say that implementing cyberlaws has been lax in India. Unless the law is executed, people will find a way to get around it.

Sachin Jain, head-IT and CISO, Evalueserve said, “If there are changes which can make our lives easy; and more clarity is brought into it (the new laws), it will be better.” In addition, costs are another factor associated with implementation of privacy regulations. Moreover, it is up to the outsourcing company to determine if they want to implement laws and not the government because it is not compulsory. However, by following the government rules, these firms can bypass the liability involved.

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Outsourcing Firms Bring Legal Work Back Home
June 10, 2011

Outsourcing does not always mean taking away American jobs. An article in the New York Times reports that outsourcing firms are bringing home jobs to U.S. lawyers; this comes at a time when job prospects are dim for lawyers. Read more

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MuleSoft takes full-service integration to the cloud with iON iPaaS ESB platform
June 10, 2011

Listen to the podcast. Find it on iTunes/iPod and Podcast.com. Read a full transcript or download a copy. Join the iON beta program. Sponsor: MuleSoft. Read more

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Deep-dive panel discussion on HP’s new Converged Infrastructure, EcoPOD and AppSystem releases at Discover
June 10, 2011

Listen to the podcast. Find it on iTunes/iPod and Podcast.com. Read a full transcript or download a copy. Sponsor: HP. Read more

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Discover case study: Paychex leverages HP ALM to streamline and automate application development
June 10, 2011

Listen to the podcast. Find it on iTunes/iPod and Podcast.com. Read a full transcript or download a copy. Sponsor: HP. Read more

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Satyam Auditor Price-WaterHouse Allowed To Cross Examine Execs In Fraud Case
June 8, 2011

Price-WaterHouse (PW) has won a significant struggle with capital markets regulatory body, Securities and Exchange Board of India over Satyam Computer Ltd.’s falsification of funds, which led to a scandal in 2008. Read more

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Aussie Department Store, Myer To Hike Outsourcing Manufacturng To China
June 8, 2011

Australia’s biggest department store, Myer, is expected to increase its outsourced merchandise from China by twofold. The merchandise includes fashion and homewares. Read more

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HP rolls out EcoPOD modular data center, provides high-density converged infrastructure with extreme energy efficiency
June 8, 2011

LAS VEGAS HP today at Discover here unveiled what it says is the world’s most efficient modular data center, a compact and self-contained Performance Optimized Data Center (POD) that supports more than 4,000 servers in 10 percent of the space and with 95 percent less energy than conventional data centers.

The HP POD 240a also costs 25 percent of what traditional data centers cost up front, and it can be deployed in 12 weeks, said HP. It houses up to 44 industry standard racks of IT equipment.

The EcoPOD joins a spectrum of other modular data center offerings, filling a gap on the lower end of other PODs like the shipping-container-sized Custom PODs, the HP POD 20c – 40c, and the larger bricks and mortar HP Flexible Data Center facilities. [Disclosure: HP is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]

The EcoPOD can be filled with HP blade servers and equipment, but also supports servers from third-parties. It is optimized for HP converged infrastructure components, however. HP says the EcoPOD can be ordered and delivered in three months, and then just requires an electric power and network connect to become operational.

The modular design, low capital and operating costs and rapid deployment will be of interest to cloud providers, Web 2.0 applications providers, government and oil industry users. I was impressed with its role in business continuity and disaster recovery purposes. The design and attributes also will help those organizations that need physical servers in a certain geography or jurisdiction for compliance and legal reasons, but at low cost despite the redundancy of the workloads.

The HP EcoPOD also provides maximum density for data center expansion or as temporary capacity during data center renovations or migrations, given that it streamlines a 10,000-square-foot data center into a compact, modular package in one-tenth the space, said HP.

The design allows for servers to be added and subtracted physically or virtually, and the cooling and energy use can be dialed up and down automatically based on load and climate, as well as via set policies. It can use outside air when appropriate for cooling … like my house most of the year.

The HP POD 240a is complemented by a rich management capability, the HP EcoPOD Environmental Control System, with its own APIs and including its own remote dashboards and control suite, as well as remote client access from tablet computers, said HP.

The cost savings are eye-popping. HP says an HP POD 240a costs $552,000 a year to operated, versus $15.4 million for traditional systems energy use.

Built at a special HP facility in Houston, HP POD-Works, the EcoPODs will be available in the Q4 of this year in North America, and rolling out globally into 2012.

HP is also offering leasing arrangement, whereby the costs of the data center are all operating expenses, with little up-front costs.

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