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Technology collaboration to address Mission Critical, High Performance Computing Market


HCL, India’s premier information enabling company, today announced a strategic alliance with Bull, a leading Europe based company, to launch HCL scalable Enterprise Class Servers on Open Architecture. The new HCL servers will provide customers the proven capability and mainframe-class reliability of the traditional proprietary RISC platforms on Open Architecture at a much lower total cost of ownership.


“The biggest challenge at the core of the enterprise has always been to gain the performance, headroom and reliability of high-end 64-bit computing, without the high cost and complexity of proprietary RISC architecture.” said George Paul, Executive Vice President – Marketing at HCL “This partnership will allow us to offer our customer a complete range of solutions for the Core of the Enterprise on Open Architecture and help them move beyond proprietary RISC platforms.”


Today enterprises are looking to break free from the barriers of proprietary RISC platforms and now with more than 5000 validated applications available on Itanium® both on windows and linux, enterprises finally have enlarged options.


The partnership will enable HCL to address high-end requirements of its customers for the core of the enterprise, in areas such as large-scale databases, ERP applications, Data centres, High Performance Computing requirements of Scientific and Research Segment etc. It will enable Bull to expand the geographical market reach of its technologies, establishing its presence through HCL’s extensive network of over 170 offices and 300 service centres spread across the country.


The new range is based on Bull’s NovaScale® servers, powered by Intel® Itanium® 2 processors and Bull’s FAME (Flexible Architecture for Multiple Environments) technology. Using market-standard building blocks, the FAME architecture represents a technological breakthrough for high-end, mission-critical servers, delivering significant improvements in price/performance.


This launch further strengthens HCL’s Infiniti Global Line Servers, which has fast emerged as a preferred brand amongst a cross-section of markets in India including Manufacturing, Telecom, Finance and Banking, the Government, Defence Forces and Internet Service Providers.


Notably, HCL has shown phenomenal growth in server segment by registering a market share of 19.6% for calendar year 2005. This launch is yet another demonstration of the company’s strong focus on the Server Business and its commitment towards the Indian Customers by providing the right technology, at the right time, and at the right price point.


While in Delhi and commenting on the announcement, Michel Lepert, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Products and Systems Division at Bull, said: “India is a high-growth market with a strong interest in new technologies such as the ones built into our NovaScale® servers. We are totally committed to supporting HCL, and given the work that we have already done together to move the partnership forward we are confident that HCL customers will immediately benefit from very competitive high-end solutions”.


Mr Surendra Arora, Director – Customer Solutions Group, South Asia, Intel said – ‘Intel has worked with the industry over the last six years to develop a rich eco-system of highly scalable and open standard solutions. We have a large number of OEM’s, operating systems and 5000 applications running Intel® Itanium® processor family-based platforms. We are now very pleased to collaborate with HCL Infosystems and Bull, a member of the Itanium(r) Solutions Alliance, to enable the Indian IT customers with mission critical computing needs to benefit from the outstanding performance, reliability, scalability and availability delivered by Itanium(r)-based systems.’


To share the benefits enterprises can derive from this union, HCL, Intel & Bull, have jointly organised exclusive seminars in Delhi, Bangalore & Mumbai for CIOs this week.


Bull NovaScale® servers have gained IT market recognition and won large customers, both end-user IT organizations and OEMs. They are used notably as data base servers and application servers as well as in HPC (High Performance Computing) applications. A prime example: NovaScale® servers are the foundation of the largest scientific computer ever delivered in Europe, which is currently under installation and will be operational by the end of 2005.


About Intel

Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.


About Bull

Bull designs and develops servers, software and services for an open environment, integrating the most advanced technologies. It brings to its customers its expertise and know-how to help them in the transformation of their information systems and to optimize their IT infrastructure and their applications.


Bull is particularly present in the public sector, banking, finance, telecommunication and industry sectors. Capitalizing on its wide experience, the Group has a thorough understanding of the business and specific processes of these sectors, thus enabling it to efficiently advise and to accompany its customers. Its distribution network spreads over 100 countries worldwide.


About HCL Infosystems

HCL Infosystems, India’s premier information enabling and integration company offers its customers technology solutions across multiple platforms. It has partnerships with some leading global players like Intel, AMD, Toshiba, Ericsson, Microsoft, Nokia and Sun Microsystems among others.


HCL Infosystems has direct customer service centres across 300+ locations and two ISO 9001 certified state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. With a mission to provide world-class information technology solutions and services to enable its customers to serve their customers better, HCL Infosystems is forever setting new standards of IT in the country. For more information please visit www.hclinfosystems.in


About HCL Enterprise

HCL Enterprise is a leading Global Technology and IT enterprise with annual revenues of $2.7 billion (Rs.12, 000 cr). The HCL Enterprise comprises of two companies listed in India, HCL Technologies & HCL Infosystems. The 3-decade-old enterprise, founded in 1976, is one of India’s original IT garage start ups. Its range of offerings span Product Engineering, Technology and Application Services, BPO, Infrastructure Services, IT Hardware, Systems Integration, and distribution of technology and telecom products. The HCL team comprises of 30,000 professionals of diverse nationalities, who operate from 15 countries including 300 points of presence in India. HCL has global partnerships with several leading Fortune 1000 firms, including leading IT and Technology firms. For more information please www.hcl.in

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