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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Outsourcing Operations Not Disrupted By Tsunami In Chennai

We recently covered fibre survives and outsourcing data traffic not affected . Infoworld reports,, despite tsunami's outsourcers stay in chennai.Chennai is the closest competitor to bangalore as mainstay outsourcing center in India. All outsourcing biggies Infosys,TCS,Wipro,Satyam have major presence in chennai and have reported complete normalcy in operations without any disruptions. Infoworld adds, Wipro Ltd. in Bangalore, for example, uses its facility in Chennai as one of two backup sites in the country for its own corporate data as well as customer data from its facilities across India. Its other backup site is in Bangalore. "We have no plans to move the backup facility from Chennai, because the facility is sufficiently inland and not at risk," said a spokesman for the company. For customers who want the service, Wipro also offers backup of their data at centers abroad, the spokesman added. The Marina beach at Chennai was hit by the tsunamis and a large number of people were killed there. But the largest impact of the tsunamis was on other coastal areas of eastern India, where the primary economic activities are fishing and tourism. A number of Indian outsourcing companies including Wipro, Infosys Technologies Ltd, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. have major software development operations in Chennai.

Infosys does not have plans to move its software development facility out of Chennai in the wake of the devastation by the tsunamis, according to a spokeswoman of the company. The facility is about five miles from the coast, and there was no damage or water seepage in the center, according to a statement from Infosys. The company's disaster recovery facility is inland in Mauritius, the spokeswoman said. Most other companies with facilities in Chennai have indicated they will continue to operate in the city.

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