Tata Consultancy and Cisco form strategic alliance

by Editor 2/10/2009 12:52:00 PM
Indian IT giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and networking technology leader Cisco have announced a new strategic alliance. The two companies will jointly develop and deliver information technology service solutions to clients that will help their businesses build next-generation data centres by taking advantage of the network as a platform.

Tata Consultancy will build a new technology practice focused on Cisco's industry-leading data centre networking and security solutions.

The companies also announced the formation of a Cisco® Technology Lab at the TCS campus in Chennai, India.

Cisco and TCS are developing go-to-market solutions that meet the infrastructure and network requirements of global corporations. Both companies will invest in skills development and training labs to provide an end-to-end solution to meet customer requirements.

As part of the new practice, TCS will incorporate Cisco's Data Centre 3.0 technologies, with TCS' industry-leading IT services, business solutions and outsourcing. The practice will focus on helping customers develop next-generation virtualized data centres and achieve greater operational and energy efficiency. The companies will also explore new networking innovations to address the needs of large and small businesses for IT services.

"Customers are demanding greater dynamism from their IT infrastructure and application environment to address current challenges and to capitalize on opportunities whenever and wherever they emerge," said Mr. N Chandrasekaran, chief operating officer and executive director of TCS. "This strategic alliance will take advantage of Cisco's industry-leading data centre networking solutions and TCS' global network delivery model to help our customers increase the efficiency and agility of their IT operations."

"TCS is a global leader in the industry for delivering IT services that help customers gain greater efficiency and responsiveness of their business and shift investments to strategic initiatives that drive growth," said Mr. Wim Elfrink, chief globalisation officer and EVP, Cisco Services. "This strategic alliance illustrates Cisco commitment to building relationships with new partners in emerging parts of the world that will take advantage of new virtualised approaches such as 'software as a service.'"

The TCS and Cisco strategic alliance will initially focus on India as well as mutual enterprise customers in the United States and the United Kingdom in the key verticals of banking and finance services, telecom, and government as well as small and medium-sized business.

"TCS is our strategic partner for supporting our IT infrastructure, and we partner with Cisco for a range of their products and services. We are pleased that two of our leading technology and services providers have come together to form a strategic alliance which should greatly enhance our ability to meet our growing and diverse business needs," said Mr. Ramon Baez, vice president and CIO of Kimberly-Clark.

The Cisco Technology Lab in Chennai will allow TCS to develop network-based data centre solutions, test frameworks, develop skills and certify employees in Cisco data centre technologies. The lab will also allow Cisco and TCS to illustrate proof-of-concepts and IT and networking methodologies for client-specific business processes.

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