National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), India's largest power company was set up in 1975. It has an installed capacity of 29,894 MW which makes it the largest power generating major in the country. NTPC has diversified into hydro power, coal mining, power equipment manufacturing, oil & gas exploration, power trading & distribution. It operates 38 power stations. The power major contributed around 28.5% of the country's entire power generation in 2007-08 and plans to become a 75,000 MW power company by 2017.
Organizations set up Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) towards their business continuity planning (BCP), to prevent interruption of mission critical services in times of disasters. It warrants that DRCs are supported by technically advanced Infrastructure.
It was following the mandate by the Ministry of Power that NTPC decided to set up a DRC. NTPC invited tenders from Data Center service providers to set up and maintain its DR infrastructure. NTPC needed a partner who could deliver a custom-built infrastructure and rise to address scalability in due course of time, per the requirements.
Besides its proven track record and expertise, it was CtlrS 'inventory readiness' that made it score over any of its competitors and clinched the project.
CtrlS had to undergo stringent auditing norms for assessment of its Data Center and both laid down by GoI as well as the global IT leader providing the application services for NTPC. These stringent norms included minute details like checking earthiness of floors for static electricity; measure of neutral current flow; measure of dust filtering, etc.
CtrlS was chosen amidst a host of Data Center providers on the basis of its Tier IV architecture status with its 99.995% availability that provides highest levels of performance for mission-critical IT systems backed by a superior technical expertise.
CtrlS set up DR infrastructure for NTPC enabling superior, uninterrupted connectivity across all 38 power stations with the DR in record three weeks.
The implementation entailed step by step process of site visits, electrical drawings, agreeing on parameters of infrastructures constructed and adherence to SLAs. CtlrS also followed a ‘Pre inspection test’ stage as per the unique requirement by NTPC which addressed all their queries.
The site visit and go ahead from NTPC’s application service provider, a global IT leader, reinforced CtrlS preparedness to provide full support to the DR Site.
NTPC’s business-critical applications need to be managed in a highly secure environment. CtrlS offers Six Zone Security which includes extensive physical and network security, including full CCTV and 24x7 security guards; remotely locked data cabinets; biometric access, etc.
CrlrS provides the following services, which are geared to address all mission critical platforms:
Cage environment for access control
- Office Space with 100% power backup and centrally air-conditioned
Workstations with internet connectivity and basic office productivity software and other office infrastructure
Meeting rooms with basic office services - security, front office, pantry, basic supplies of stationery and housekeeping etc.
CtrlS provides Warm DR services for NTPC. These servers are not only used for mission critical business continuity but also for non critical functions such as month end reports, test & development, etc.
Given the vast expanse of the power stations’ network, 100% network availability was most essential. Since CtrlS is a carrier neutral Data Center, it is equipped to offer NTPC multiple, simultaneous networks from major Telcos to ensure at least one network availability at all times. Further, all cables used are of international standards to ensure superior, uninterrupted connectivity.
Further, the Tier IV Data Center capabilities allow CtrlS to offer services, which set it apart from any other service provider:
a) Hosting High Density Servers/Racks to host 4 Super Dome Servers
b) Dual Active power sources to the datacenter eliminates the possibility of downtime
c) Three phased power supply without changing the architecture
d) Fault Tolerant Infrastructure
"CtrlS has all what it takes to be a datacenter. Their unique six zone security in the data center gave us the confidence to go for datacenter outsourcing .Their expertise in infrastructure and IT Services helped them to quickly deliver a Tailor made solution as per our requirement."