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The recent IDC study estimates that there are around 1.8 million Small and Medium Enterprises in India, presenting a huge business opportunity. HCL Frontline, the channel arm of HCL Infosystems, India’s premier information enabling company, and Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd have tied up to specifically to target these businesses by launching servers and IT solutions for the Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs). The two companies today announced the launch of IT solutions that include hardware, security, storage, networking and connectivity, software and application as well as facility management and training – all tailor made for SMBs. This is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country and provides a great value proposition to the SMB customers.


The HCL NetManager servers, preloaded and preconfigured with Microsoft Small Business Server 2003, unveiled today promise to transform the way SMBs conduct business. The Server Solution has been designed and built by HCL keeping in mind that an SMB’s success depends on all connected users having fast, easy and uninterrupted access to the company’s computing resources. Also available would HCL Desktops – Busybee preloaded with Windows XP Pro operating system and Office Basic 2003. Catering to the specific needs of a small and medium enterprise, the offering is a complete and very affordable network solution. It will enable the enterprises to maximize their employee productivity and thereby enhance customer satisfaction.


Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rajendra Kumar, VP Operations, HCL Infosystems, said, “So far, SMBs have had make their offices IT enabled by buying the components from various places. We at HCL Infosystems understand that in an SMB scenario, the two commodities at a premium are time and funds. What we are offering is technology that will help save time, and the cost is the lowest ever offered. HCL has taken the lead yet again in being the first to offer a single window, a complete solution, to take care of all the needs a small or medium business might have.”


The solutions offer a host of advantages to customers: complete operating system with applications, flexibility of being built to order, data security, productivity enhancement, system performance tools and much more. The HCL NetManager servers come in a complete range, from an entry level single CPU platform to a wide range of dual CPU servers for workgroups and small to medium businesses and high availability four way servers for critical business applications. Added to all this is the confidence of a branded product, and therefore, assured customer support and after sales service. With 250 support partners in more than 140 locations, HCL has the widest support system in the country.


Commenting on this initiative, Mr Karthik Padmanabhan, Business Group Lead, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd, said, “Small and Medium Business is the fastest growing segment in the country. We recognise that having a reliable IT backbone is an essential component to help them maintain this exponential rate of growth. At the same time, SMBs also need the flexibility of a customized IT environment that meets their specific needs.” He further added, “Through this initiative, we aim to provide this segment with the best technology at the lowest cost. With the added advantage of sourcing all the IT components from one OEM, this initiative provides the SMB audience with an unmatched value proposition.”


The servers , desktop PCs and solution will be available at all HCL Infosystems business solution partners across the country. “The SMB segment is growing exponentially in India and we intend to grow with it”, Mr Kumar added.


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 player like Intel, Toshiba, Ericsson, Microsoft, Nokia and Sun Microsystems among others.


HCL Infosystems’ Frontline division has more than 2000 channel partners covering the entire length & breadth of the country. The products are manufactured at two ISO 9001 certified state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities at Pondicherry. 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.

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