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April 25, 2017
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By Nihar Chakraborty, Sr. VP and CoO, Eastern India & SAARC Region, Sify Technologies

Digital transformation has become the buzzword in the industry today. Enterprises across all verticals ranging from healthcare and travel to banks and financial services are getting digitally transformed. The industry is talking about driverless cars; banks are now virtually in mobile phones. Samsung is developing a wearable sensor that can monitor brain waves and detect early signs of strokes. Bioengineers at Columbia University have invented a chip that can be attached with a smartphone and perform tests for HIV within 15 minutes. Another company has developed a brain analyser that can help detect cancer and other serious ailments.

Manufacturing companies no longer want to keep all their data on internal servers. Despite IT infrastructure being extremely critical for business, it creates little additional business value and takes up significant management time. Manufacturing companies, thus, have embarked on a journey of IT infrastructure transformation by outsourcing the management of their IT operations to specialists, in the process freeing up valuable management resources and ensuring business continuity. Telecom solutions for enterprises have also witnessed significant advancements over the last decade, with increased adoption of software-defined networks and third-party platforms such as cloud.

Broadly, digital transformation spans exponential technology growth, miniaturisation, virtualisation and linking biotechnology with information technology (IT). The goal of digital transformation is the betterment of human life, and one of the finest outcomes of this is the concept of “smart cities”. With the internet of things (IoT) and smart cities gaining traction, every smart city will need a command centre, which would act as the spinal cord of the project. It is estimated that by 2020, there would be 26 billion connected devices. One cannot begin to imagine the kind of data that these devices would generate. Further, the humungous amount of data so generated would need to be stored, tracked and analysed.

This calls for a robust infrastructure, right from connectivity to the data centre. With regard to data centres, it is difficult to gauge the requirements of the future. Thus, Sify follows a model wherein it provides solutions that are scalable to match the potential increase in capacity on a pay-per-use basis.

Sify connects over 43 data centres in the country. These are not only interconnected with one another but are also connected with cloud service providers across the globe to create one seamless cloud infrastructure. This common global cloud network is further connected to social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. This is what we call the SMACnet. Introduced in 2016, the SMACnet strategy is designed to support enhanced network requirements for organisations going through a digital transformation.

Today, there are a host of internet-based applications that can be best accessed through a seamless network. To develop this infrastructure, an enterprise requires a technology partner, a connectivity partner, a data centre partner and a cloud partner, amongst others. However, working with so many vendors or service providers can lead to complexities. It thus becomes important to choose a reliable and agile partner that can offer innovative solutions and transformative business models to customers. We at Sify have been pioneers in offering such models.

Going forward, the technology ecosystem is set to be reshaped, with traction in machine-to-machine and machine-to-people communication. Digital transformation brings about benefits for users but increases the role of service providers like Sify that help bring in this transformation. Sify ensures that a user does not have to worry about technology obsolescence and scalability. Our ultimate objective is to provide a unified experience to the customer.

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