NCS Launches StorageCentrix™ To Facilitate Growth In The e-Commerce Market


Singapore, March 14, 2001


New Outsourcing Service Meets Rising Storage Demands.

Leading e-enabler and IT solutions provider, National Computer Systems Pte Ltd (NCS), announced today the launch of StorageCentrix™, a storage-on-demand service that is part of NCS' data centre service, Digit@l Centrix. StorageCentrix is a cost effective, scaleable "pay-as-you-grow" managed enterprise storage services powered by EMC, the world leader in information storage.

With the bandwidth intensity increasing steadily in the e-commerce space, StorageCentrix meets the corresponding increase in companies' storage demands and requirements. The high-availability features of NCS' managed storage services include:

  • 24 x 7 high availability and protected storage 
     
  • High speed fibre channel connection to an unlimited number of disk resources 
     
  • All necessary storage equipment 
     
  • Rapid capacity additions and reconfigurations 
     
  • Load balance throughput for increased performance during peak times 
     
  • Scalability on demand 
     
  • Data access, management control, protection and restoration 
     
  • Data vaulting for critical application data 
     
  • Non-disruptive batch processing and data warehousing loading 
     
  • Policy-based control to provide best practices for both users and the IT department 
     
  • Optional off-site tape storage for immense and mission-critical information

Lau Soon Liang, Assistant Chief Executive at NCS, said, "StorageCentrix addresses on-the-rise storage demands of companies faced with rapid e-commerce expansion. With NCS' pioneering expertise in managing complex networks, delivering quality service offerings and e-infrastructure consultation backed by best-of-breed storage hardware and software by EMC, customers are assured of world-class information management solutions for the continuity of their business operations."

With StorageCentrix, NCS has standardised on EMC E-Infostructure, which is the world's leading mission critical information storage infrastructure. It is a complete suite of information storage management, sharing and protection technologies, which include EMC hardware, software and services. EMC E-Infostructure enables StorageCentrix to scale up while maintaining manageability, ensures that the information it stores is constantly accessible and protected from planned and unplanned downtime.

Paul Rath, General Manager, EMC South Asia, added, "We believe that EMC and NCS together are well placed to help companies, manage their mission critical information storage needs. NCS is well equipped to meet the exacting expectations of StorageCentrix customers and EMC, being the leading information storage service provider to the service provider community, has the requisite experience, expertise and technology leadership in the industry to enable StorageCentrix to meet its service level agreements."

Highlighting the attraction of outsourced storage options, Gartner Group Asia, Research Director, Phillip Sargeant said, "Growth in communication over the Internet and the accompanying data proliferation demand better information storage management from organisations. Yet, increasingly organisations are hard pressed to allocate enough trained personnel to handle this area as there is chronic IT staff shortage globally. Outsourcing will definitely be one of the solutions that more companies can consider."

In addition to meeting the constantly evolving storage demands of customers, StorageCentrix allows customers to concentrate on their core competencies and drive their go-to-market strategies for greater business growth. Added Lau, "It is a more viable solution for the customers and it can offer them a single comprehensive view of their storage as well. Managing one megabyte of storage costs approximately eight to ten times more than buying that megabyte of storage space. And customers only pay for what they actually use".

StorageCentrix's target markets include portals, content providers, ASPs (application service providers), large e-tailers, the financial services and insurance industries. Service packages cater for both per gigabyte and per month arrangements; prices start from S$55 per gigabyte per month.

 

Media Contact
Wendy Tang
NCS Pte Ltd
DID: +65 6556 5629
Email: wendytang@ncs.com.sg

About NCS

NCS is a member of the Singtel Group and the leading information, communications and technology (ICT) service provider with presence in over 20 countries. NCS delivers end-to-end ICT solutions to help governments and enterprises realise business value through digital transformation and the innovative use of technology. Its unique delivery capabilities include consulting, applications development, systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure management and portal solutions.