Covansys opens data and operations center in Chennai

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 19 November 2002, 08:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: Covansys Corporation (Nasdaq: CVNS), a global consulting and technology services company, Tuesday announced the opening of a new data and operations center in Chennai.

The sophisticated, $2 million server facility, which was designed, built and opened in less than six months, will improve the ability of Covansys to develop and maintain complex systems and applications for its enterprise clients. It also allows the company to offer the center as an offshore disaster recovery site for clients, complementing a similar data center facility operating in Middletown, Connecticut.

"This significant infrastructure investment in our offshore capabilities demonstrates our commitment to meet the needs of clients seeking to move complex application maintenance development projects offshore," said Martin C. Clague, president and chief executive officer of Covansys. "Enterprises are expected to accomplish more work with fewer resources and relatively flat budgets, and that's prompting increased interest in offshore delivery that is not likely to diminish."

Michigan-based Covansys pioneered the transparent, blended model of offshore IT outsourcing, launching outsourcing operations in India in 1991 and becoming one of the first American IT vendors in the world to integrate offshore capabilities into its value proposition. With 1,800 full-time employees at development centers in Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore, Covansys offers one of the largest offshore capabilities among U.S.-based technology services providers.

Two of the company's three wholly owned development centers in India are SEI CMM Level 5 certified. Covansys also owns and operates three U.S.-based development centers.

"More than 50 clients are currently utilizing our offshore resources and many are extending their original engagements to include new work," said K. Subrahmaniam, president and chief operating officer of Covansys India. "The new data center enhances our capacity provide world-class, mission-critical IT services by providing the infrastructure to develop and support emerging client needs."

The data center project caps a year-long, multi-million-dollar investment by Covansys to upgrade its offshore capabilities, including a global communications infrastructure with a fully redundant and secure architecture complete with fault tolerance, load balancing and support for voice, video and data, for increased reliability and performance.

"Robust infrastructure is a critical requirement of leadership in providing top quality, transparent offshore services," said John Talieri, chief information officer of Covansys. "The Chennai data center will allow us to more effectively integrate production operations into our transparent delivery model. It more than doubles data center capacity to support our growing client base, and adds help desk and infrastructure operations features to better serve existing clients."

Covansys has a decade-long track record of success in providing domestically managed offshore outsourcing for more than four dozen top companies, including SIRVA, Henry Ford Health systems and UNUM Provident Corporation.

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