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IPv6
HP in partnership with Government of Karnataka and IIIT-B to facilitate smooth transition to IPv6

HP has announced the signing of a partnership agreement with the Government of Karnataka  (GoK) and International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B) to  conduct a pilot project that will help organisations in Karnataka through a smooth transition to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

The current version of IP addressing, IPv4, is reaching its theoretical maximum of about 4 billion Internet addresses. IPv6 is the new Internet addressing protocol with the capacity to support 340 trillion addresses. This allows for the dramatic expansion of connected devices from computers and smart phones to household electronics, industrial appliances, vehicles and commercial systems.

As a part of the announcement, HP Network University also unveiled the Unified  Communication & Collaboration (UC&C) Innovation Centre at IIIT-B. The HP Network University aims at providing advanced knowledge, including IPv6, to professionals working in the area of technology. The university will showcase, under a single roof, a complete Unified Communication (UC) platform representing technologies from HP and its major UC  technology partners.

e-Governance
Oracle iGovernment emerges as one of the preferred partners for India’s    e-Governance projects

Oracle iGovernment has become a popular tool for the implementation of e-Governance  initiatives in India. Oracle iGovernment offers technology and tools to move beyond  e-Governance to develop flexible systems that integrate multiple functions and departments.  It provides the foundation to continue the evolution of government computing by increasing integration.

Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC), Commercial Tax Dept  (Rajasthan), Chennai Metro Water, Center for eGovernance (Karnataka), Delhi State Spatial  Infrastructure, Assam PWD, West Bengal Central School Service Commission, Mishra Dhatu  Nigam Ltd (MIDHANI), Haryana Treasury, Indian Railways, Indian Institute of Management  (Lucknow) etc are some major entities that have selected Oracle iGovernment recently.

Business Outlook
Gartner lowers forecast for IT spending in 2012

Gartner now believes that all major technology sectors will witness slower gains in spending  this year. In 2012, the spending on IT products and services is expected to reach US $3.8  trillion. This is a 3.7 percent rise from last year, when the spending totalled US $3.7 trillion,  and had climbed by 6.9 percent from 2010. The new forecast indicates a sharp dip from  Gartner’s prior projection of 4.6 percent this year.

Richard Gordon, Research Vice President at Gartner, said, “Faltering global economic growth,  the eurozone crisis and the impact of Thailand’s floods on hard-disk drive (HDD) production  have all taken their toll on the outlook for IT spending.”

Telecom equipment spending is projected to show the strongest growth, with revenue  increasing 6.9 percent in 2012, followed by the enterprise software market, which will grow  6.4 percent. “With the eurozone crisis causing uncertainty for both businesses and consumers in Western Europe we have adjusted our forecast, and we expect IT spending in Western  Europe to decline 0.7 percent in 2012,” Gordon said.

National Security
NIIT Technologies Lt d joins hands with BSF

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram recently launched the Intranet Prahari Project at the Border Security Force (BSF) Headquarters at CGO Complex, New Delhi.

The Intranet Prahari Project worth Rs. 229 Cr was sanctioned by MHA on 25 February 2010.  This is an ERP Solution developed by NIIT Technologies Ltd wherein all major processes such  as Finance, Inventory Management, Operations and Personnel Information have been  automated and integrated to act as a robust and quick Decisions Support System and for  consolidated view of data by higher echelons and for various analyses. Under this Project,  network connectivity has been extended up to Battalion level i.e to 237 locations of BSF. State- ofthe- Art Data Centres have been established; the Main Data Centre; a Disaster Recovery Data Centre (in a different seismic zone) and Mini Data Centres at Frontier HQrs for data  storage. Sufficient cyber security measures to ensure network security and to prevent data  loss or pilferage have been incorporated.

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