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part of the Real World Windows Azure series, we talked to Sanjay Kumar, ERS SEG
Online Practice Head at HCL, about using the Windows Azure platform to deliver the
company's carbon-emissions management solution. Here's what he had to say:
MSDN: Tell us about HCL and the
services you offer.
Kumar: HCL is a global technology firm. We focus on outsourcing that emphasizes innovation and value creation, and we have
an integrated portfolio of services that includes software-led IT solutions,
remote infrastructure management, engineering services, and research and
MSDN: What was the biggest
challenge you faced prior to implementing the Windows Azure platform?
Kumar: Our manageCarbon solution,
which businesses use to aggregate, analyze, and manage carbon-emissions data,
was traditionally a Java-based on-premises solution. As more and more
businesses adopt carbon-accounting practices, we expect our business to grow
rapidly in the next few years. So, we wanted to make manageCarbon as attractive
as possible to customers by reducing the capital investment
required to run manageCarbon on premises and by reducing the level of customer
IT maintenance required to manage the application
MSDN: Can you describe the
solution you built with the Windows Azure platform?
Kumar: By using Migration++, a core
internal framework that we'd already established to help our customers migrate
to the Windows Azure platform, we migrated our on-premises application to Windows
Azure. We migrated our MySQL 5.1 databases to Microsoft SQL Azure by using the
same database schema and data patterns that we use in our on-premises solution.
We use the Windows Azure Software Development Kit for Java
Developers with Windows Azure platform AppFabric Service Bus to more securely
collect emissions activity data across network boundaries. We also use the
Windows Azure platform AppFabric Access Control to federate customers' existing
identity management systems.
The manageCarbon application connects to customers'
enterprise systems to help them collect, analyze, and manage carbon-emissions
MSDN: What makes your solution
Kumar: We are a leader and early
player in this unique market, and we will continue to pave the way with carbon
accounting by taking manageCarbon to the cloud with Windows Azure. By using our
solution, customers can extract emissions data from their enterprise systems
and receive reports that detail their carbon emissions and provide data for
carbon accounting, as required by government regulations or recommended by
MSDN: What benefits have you seen since implementing
the Windows Azure platform?
Kumar: One of the key benefits is that we've lowered the cost barrier for
customers to adopt manageCarbon. We've relieved customers' obligations to
invest in costly hardware upfront, and they can take advantage of a
pay-as-you-go model. We've also reduced the deployment time required for
customers to set up manageCarbon-from eight weeks with an on-premises solution
to just two weeks. In addition, we have a lower total cost of ownership-we expect to save U.S.$53,792, or 30.6 percent of our costs, by using the
Windows Azure platform.
the full story at: www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000007867
more Windows Azure customer success stories, visit: www.windowsazure.com/evidence