Acma Computers implements Blades at Progressive Shares

By Yogesh Gupta Mar 24th 2011
Acma Computers implements Blades at Progressive Shares

A change of IT team at an existing customer can have an adverse impact. Acma worked hard to succeed at Progressive Shares.

Case File

Key Parties:
Acma Computers, Progressive Shares, Intel
Location:
Mumbai
Implementation Time:
2 months
Implementation Cost:
Approx. Rs. 11 Lakh
Key Technologies:

Blade Server, Server Migration, Remote Managed Services

Post Roi:

Space Savings in Server Room, Backup of Server Setup, More Redundancy, Remote Management of 48 Franchisees / Branches.

Summary:

The engagement began through AMC of twenty PCs at Progressive shares in 2005. After couple of quarters, the customer going for retail expansion of connecting 15 franchises across India wanted to build a server room. Purvesh Selarka, Director, Acma Computers recalls, “Progressive being a start up with constrained budgets, we deployed 8 Intel tower servers for applications, networking and low cost bandwidth solutions.” The second expansion phase in 2007 included connectivity for 150 machines at their HO and franchisees. Progressive Shares again relied on Acma Computers. The third and latest IT revamp at Progressive Shares in October 2010 seemed like a cake walk for Acma Computers.

In July 2010 when Progressive Shares, a Mumbai-based broking firm, decided to expand its operations, the firm realized that it will have to immediately overhaul its IT infrastructure. And as part that the firm brought in a dedicated executive to look after its IT infrastructure. However, for Acma Computers, Progressive’s long standing IT solutions provider, it was a lesson in rebuilding relationship in an existing client.

At that time, Progressive Shares, with operations spread across twenty five cities and about 55 franchisees, wanted to spread its operations by adding 25 franchisees and three branches at Pune, Surat and Jaipur, which meant an immediate overhaul of IT infrastructure at company’s headquarters in Mumbai. “Criticality of performance and maximum uptime become vital with increase of online users and expansion of product portfolio,” says Progressive’s Managing Director Anil Gaggar who started the company with NSE membership in 1996.

Aashish Maheshwari, HOD – RMS & IT, Progressive Shares, whose was specifically brought in to overhaul the IT infrastructure, says, “IT infrastructure of servers and related applications were two to three years old. Lack of IT staff meant that network performance including front office applications, back office applications, mail server, etc, needed a makeover.”

When Maheshwari sized up the task and discussed the requirements with Gaggar, he was directed to Acma Computers as Progressive had been purchasing IT solutions from the solution provider since 2005.

Credibility At Stake

Mumbai-based Acma Computers prepared the blueprint for the project. “We suggested conversion of tower servers into rack servers and blade servers to take additional loads of trading transactions. We quoted an Intel blade solution with 14 Bay SAN,” recalls Purvesh Selarka, Director, Acma Computers. The upgrade of internet lines was also part of the quotation.

“For rising number of franchisees and increased website hits, performance requirement and aging hardware were concern area,” says Selarka adding, “The suggested upgraded servers had the capacity enhancement for taking users load, which can even double as compared to earlier one.”

Over five years Acma had put together a steadfast trustworthiness with the customer. The engagement began through AMC of twenty PCs at Progressive shares in 2005. After couple of quarters, the customer going for retail expansion of connecting 15 franchises across India wanted to build a server room. Selarka recalls, “Progressive being a start up with constrained budgets, we deployed 8 Intel tower servers for applications, networking and low cost bandwidth solutions.” The second expansion phase in 2007 included connectivity for 150 machines at their HO and franchisees. Progressive Shares again relied on Acma Computers. The third and latest IT revamp at Progressive Shares in October 2010 seemed like a cake walk for Acma Computers.

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