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IBM's SmartCloud fuels diverse applications in India

Bangalore, July 24 2012: A cooperative bank based in Karnataka state and a leading Hyderabad-based global provider of cloud-based mobile data infrastructure technology are the latest Indian enterprises to adopt IBM’s SmartCloud solution to streamline and cloud-base their service delivery.
In March this year, IMImobile, whose servuces reach 900 million people in 64 countries through operators like Vodafone, O2,Telefonica, France Telecom, Centrica, Barclays Bank, BBC, Aircel, Airtel, BSNL, MTN, Reliance, Tata and Virgin Mobile, deployed SmartCloud to streamline management of its cloud services infrastructure, strengthen compliance with stringent service level agreements (SLAs), improve infrastructure utilization and evolve process maturity with compliance.
In June, the Sree Charan Souharda Cooperative Bank, a member of the Karnataka State Souharda Federal Cooperative Ltd., the first apex body of new generation cooperatives in India, embraced SmartCloud to bring in more resilience to its core banking solutions.The IBM Cloud was used by the bank’s technology partner, Infrasoft Technologies, to help Sree Charan exploit predictive analytics and offer enhanced financial solutions to its customers including Internet banking, online money transfer, ATM Services, and mobile banking.
Over 1 million enterprise application users are today working on the IBM Cloud, explained Dharanibalan Gurunathan, of IBM’s India Cloud Services team, genrating more than $100 billion in commerce transactions a year in the cloud and seeing 4.5 million daily client transactions conducted through the IBM Cloud.
Other recent Indian adoptions of IBM SmartCloud include:
The Nawanagar Co-op Bank  ( Gujarat) which is deploying core banking solutions on a hosted cloud services model. Like the Sree Charan Souharda Bank, Nawanagar Bank will be automating its end-to-end operations on InfrasoftTech’s OMNIEnterprise Core Banking Solution hosted at IBM’s data centre.
The Chennai-based Jeppiaar Institute of Technology has implemented IBM’s Smart Desktop Cloud solution, migrating its 350 desktops across various computing labs to this virtual client environment, reducing energy loss, enhancing security and increasing savings.
Bangalore-based provider of video-based social networking solutions, for virtual recruitment, WinHire Technologies, selected the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise solution to roll out their next generation business model leveraging social media. Through use of IBM’s Infrastructure as a Cloud solution, the company was able to put together a globally scalable infrastructure with a cost benefit of 1:80, avoiding upfront capital expenditure. It took 15 days for WinHire to get the solution up and running (which would have otherwise taken them up to 6-8 months.

Mr Gurunathan also suggested that the SmartCloud could play an enabling role in healthcare areas like preventing drug counterfeiting – pointing at the application created by Sproxil, a venture-backed, social enterprise which helps and allow consumers to verify the authenticity of prescriptions in seconds with their mobile phones.
For a few days, we have a video on IBM’s Cloud offering in our Tech Video spot on the home page, www.indiatechonline.com