Wipro wins Intel Global Innovation Award

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Bangalore, Aug 28: Wipro Infotech, the India and Middle East IT Business of Wipro Ltd and a leading provider of IT and business transformation services announced that it has won the prestigious Intel Global Innovation Award for Storage at the Intel Developer Forum 2008 in San Francisco.

Businesses today are encountering rapid increase of digital data. Growth in existing applications like messaging, databases and emerging rich-media applications make it imperative for businesses to enhance their computing and storage needs. Adding to that are new regulatory requirements and business continuity plans which are leading organizations to have a comprehensive and scalable storage system.

Wipro identified a distinct gap in today's storage needs and solutions offered in the market. Driven by internal R and D focus, Wipro has invested more than 1500 person hours in developing this unique storage-server solution that addresses this need. Wipro has made substantial investments in financing and staffing the project.

Wipro drives innovation as a fundamental business enabler. Wipro has global partnerships with clients and technology partners to drive innovation across different business and technology bottleneck areas.

NetPower Storage-Server is one of the most recent successful outcomes of the Applied Innovation framework. Wipro has invested exclusively in a state of art Product Engineering and development cell - The Eminence Lab at its Pondicherry facility. This platform from Intel was developed, integrated, tested and certified on leading industry storage practices for supporting file share protocol services over IP at Wipro Eminence Lab.

NetPower Storage Server is a secure, reliable and flexible computing and storage-server platform/solution which integrates with industry standard storage management software to deliver a flexible all-in-one unified DAS/ NAS/ SAN storage solution. It is cluster ready for High Performance Computing users and is scalable to several Petabytes.

Supporting up to 12 enterprise-class SAS or high-capacity SATA hard drives, the Wipro NetPower Storage-Server is a high performance, flexible platform enabling enterprise-class computing and storage for small and medium businesses. Ideally positioned for mid-market customers looking for a server and entry or mid range storage solution, the Wipro NetPower Storage Server is a dual purpose server within a single box (compute and storage in one box) and is ideally priced as well for large enterprises.

The product starts delivering a storage capacity of 12 terabytes on an enterprise class SATA drive populated and up to 6 terabytes on SAS platform. It can scale up to several petabytes especially when implemented in a large cluster making this solution ideal for fast growing organizations seeking high performance file servers and secure network attached storage appliance.

The Wipro NetPower Storage-Server is also an eco-friendly product which is 100 per cent RoHS compliant (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and is an outcome of Wipro's global initiative towards ecological sustainability.

Speaking on the occasion, Ashok Tripathy, Head - Wipro Personal Computing Division said "Innovation is a key business driver for us. We use Wipro's Applied Innovation framework to create new innovative solutions that focus on resolving our customers' business challenges. Our Supernova super-computing offering was another such milestone. We are happy that Wipro's all-in-one server-storage solution has been recognized by Intel and awarded the first position in innovative storage solutions worldwide. We are confident that this solution will address our clients' need for a scalable and flexible storage and computing platform."

"We congratulate Wipro on winning the Intel Server and Storage Innovation award at the Intel Developer Forum in August 2008. It is heartening to see Wipro use the power of the latest Intel technologies to provide innovative solutions to their customers", said R. Ravichandran, Director South Asia Sales, Intel.

Created by Intel this award recognizes unique innovation leaders on a global basis for Intel Architecture based server and storage platforms. It also recognizes distinctive innovation on Storage/Server platforms across all OEMs and ODMs at a global level. Winners are chosen based on distinctive solutions and measurable business results for challenges faced by end customers.


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