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India’s No.1 Cable TV Network Improves Security with Network Access Protection
India is a land of diverse culture and Indian Railways play a key role in not only meeting the transport needs of the country, but also in binding together dispersed areas and promoting national integration. Indian Railways has been the prime movers of the nation and have the distinction of being one of the largest railway systems in the world under a single management.Situation
Wire and Wireless (India) Limited (WWIL), a ZEE network enterprise, is India's No. 1 Cable Television company. WWIL has presence in 43 cities of India with 400 centers , 4000 franchisees and is a part of ESSEL Group with a market capitalization of over $ 1.7 Billion.
WWIL is India’s No.1 Cable Network and offer wide range of services in Analog Cable TV, . Digital Cable Television, Internet, TV Channels, HITS , Dual Play, Movie on Demand (MOD) / Video on Demand (VOD), Pay per View (PPV) and Interactive Games. Company is also in the process of launching Internet Telephony and Interactive TV shortly.
WWIL wanted to find a software solution that would provide better security and collaboration capabilities as compared to its existing infrastructure. “To capitalize on technology improvements and utilize new features, it’s important that we stay on top of current and emerging versions of the products,” says Deepak Chandnani, WWIL.
WWIL started its search for a new solution that would help it resolve the security and management concerns. “We were very careful about any technology that might affect our business,” says Deepak Chandnani, WWIL. “Therefore, we undergo a great deal of testing before making any changes.”
In January, 2008, WWIL with the help of its technology partner Microland Limited decided to upgrade its IT environment to Windows Server 2008. We are always interested in the latest technology from Microsoft so we were very excited to hear about the new administration and management features in Windows Server 2008.
The server operating system will support 64-bit architecture and offer a productive platform for powering application networks, Web services and virtualization. With some key features such as support for virtualization, role specific server configurations, terminal services gateway, security enforcement policies (NAP), the platform is poised to increase the benefits derived from the investment on IT.
The IT team at WWIL thought the Network Access Protection (NAP) capability built in to Windows Server 2008 would reduce exposure to attack and help the company to enforce compliance more efficiently. NAP helps ensure that computers that try to connect to the company’s network comply with the organization's security policy.
“Our administrators also wanted to take advantage of the Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008,” says Ajay Gidh, Sr. VP, Projects & Technology, WWIL. “This will allow for installation of server roles with only the necessary components and subsystems without a graphical user interface. Fewer roles and features mean minimizing disk and service footprints while reducing attack surfaces.”
With Windows Server 2008, WWIL will have a new server solution that provides IT administrators with easy IT management, solid security and federation capabilities.
Windows Server 2008 will provide new features that address the security issues of the organization. The security innovations, including Network Access Protection, Federated Rights Management, and Read-Only Domain Controller, will provide unprecedented levels of protection for the network, data, and business. For example, NAP enforces health requirements by monitoring and assessing the health of client computers when they attempt to connect or to communicate on a network.
The new operating system will require fewer updates than its previous system, which will result in dramatic time savings for the company. For instance, the new Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008 will allow for installation of server roles with only the necessary components and subsystems without a graphical user interface. This will help the system administrator to better control and maintain the application.
IIS 7.0, a major enhancement to the existing IIS Web server, plays a central role in integrating Web platform technologies. With IIS 7.0 WWIL can take control of the Web server footprint to increase security and decrease patching, and reduce support costs with simplified deployment and application configuration.
“The new diagnostics and instrumentation features in IIS 7.0 will make it much easier for us to diagnose and troubleshoot application and server issues,” says Ajay Gidh, WWIL.
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