Infosys to set up disaster recovery center in Mauritius
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Infosys to set up disaster recovery center in Mauritius

Tuesday, 29 October 2002, 08:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: Infosys Technologies, one of India's leading software development and services major, Monday said it would invest $25 million to set up a disaster recovery center in Mauritius.

The center will accommodate 1,500 people and serve as an alternative location in case of a disaster in any other Infosys facility, said a company statement issued here.

"The center, complete with infrastructure, network connections, telecom facilities as well as back up client data, will be on stand by to take over client projects from across the globe, in case of any emergency," the statement said.

The center will be operational from January 2003 on a rented site and move to the company's own 25-acre premises in about three years.

"Business continuity planning is an integral part of the project management processes at Infosys," said S Gopalakrishnan, chief operating officer and deputy managing director of Infosys Technologies.

"The proposed disaster recovery center at Mauritius will further our efforts in this direction and ensure that the work our clients entrust us with, does not suffer under any circumstance," he said.

Gopalakrishnan said Mauritius is an ideal location for Infosys because of its "close ties with India, sound flight connectivity with many Indian cities and cost effectiveness of operations."

Mauritius' Minister for IT and Telecommunication Deelchand Jeeha said: "We are delighted that the technology giant Infosys is setting up its first disaster recovery center in Mauritius.

"With the arrival of Infosys, we hope to develop the technological prowess of our country."

Infosys said the center would be well connected to India as well as to Infosys centers in the U.S. and Britain.

"In case of an emergency situation, such as natural disasters or political unrest, personnel will be relocated to the center and work commenced instantly," the company statement said.

Indian software makers realized the need for setting up disaster recover centers, also known as business continuity centers, after India and Pakistan came close to the brink of a full-scale war in May.

The border tension between nuclear-capable India and Pakistan had triggered concern among clients of the Indian companies about the safety of outsourcing IT projects from India.

Polaris Software, a mid-size Indian software maker, recently announced the setting up of a back-up facility in Singapore with a view to ensure continuity of services if there is disruption at its main facilities in different parts of the world.

Source: IANS
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