Satyam to set up business continuity centre in Singapore

Friday, 28 February 2003, 08:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: Satyam Computer Services, an Indian software development and services major, Thursday said it would set up a business continuity centre in Singapore.

The centre, which will ensure that Satyam's clients receive uninterrupted service in case of disruption of operations at its Indian facilities, will provide management support and backup application, said a Satyam statement issued here.

"The decision to base our disaster recovery operations in Singapore has been predicated by increasing customer demands for business continuity amidst heightened concerns about security," said B. Ramalinga Raju, chairman of Satyam Computer.

"More and more of our global customers, which include 76 Fortune 500 companies, are insisting that we put in place an architecture such as this to support their needs seamlessly," he said.

The company said it had earlier set in place a business continuity plan within India to offset the impact of emergencies such as war, civil unrest, fire, power failure and natural calamities.

"Singapore was chosen because of its strategic importance to our entire Asia-Pacific operations, its high level of security and the quality of its IT infrastructure," Raju said.

"Our decision was also because of the active support of the Singapore government in areas such as immigration and other related issues."

The centre will be linked to Satyam's software development facilities by a high-speed lease line and Internet links, it said.

"Singapore is well-positioned to provide disaster recovery and business continuity services because of its excellent connectivity to all parts of the world," said Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry George Yeo.

"We assure Satyam of our full support and look forward to other companies also using Singapore as a key node for their business continuity and IT operations."

Indian software makers realised the need for setting up disaster recover centres, also known as business continuity centres, after India and Pakistan came close to the brink of a full-scale war in May 2002.

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, last year announced the setting up of a back-up facility in Singapore with a view to ensuring continuity of services if there is disruption at its main facilities.
Source: IANS
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