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Microsoft steps in to power securities related services for Central Depository
Services (India) Ltd.
Central Depository Services (CDSL) exists to facilitate the electronic
settlement of securities. The company connects and performs tens of thousands
of transactions every day, linking hundreds of companies to India's stock
exchanges. E-mail is the company's key communications medium to guide, verify
and control the participants.
Linux-based e-mail and security, however, did not offer sophisticated audit
trail or security of sufficient strength to engender confidence among CDSL's
clients. MicrosoftÂ® Exchange 2000 and Internet Security and Acceleration
Server now give the company control over e-mail and robust security, allowing
CDSL to plan for future expansion to meet its customers' expectations.
CDSL's services are offered by more than 160 different participants from over
340 centers operating in more than 100 cities and the company processes between
30,000 and 50,000 transactions every day, operating 13 hours a day. To
facilitate these transactions which are increasing day-by-day, the company's
network connects its 340+ participant centers , India's Stock Exchanges and
over 4,300 issuers of securities.
Linux Couldn't Meet Business Needs
CDSL's Linux-based e-mail and security applications, used from the company's
inception, proved to be increasingly inadequate.
"With Linux we had no control over incoming or outgoing e-mails," said
Hitendra Patil, Vice-President - Operations, CDSL. "We were getting any number
of files by e-mail from our users that were often choking one of our
communication channels to customers. As a business operating 13 hours a day you
must be able to communicate with your users, so during that window of time I
needed control of what could get in and out."
Linux also offered insufficient audit trail, as all incoming e-mails were
stored on the individual PCs operated by their recipients. For legal reasons,
every communication CDSL receives or sends must be recorded scrupulously and a
detailed audit trail must be identifiable. CDSL creates much of this audit
trail while using e-mail.
All communications must also be secure - it is conceivable that hundreds of
thousands of dollars are at stake. Reliability and support were also issues.
"E-mail became a very important means of communication for us, but sometimes
they did not arrive for two days," Mr. Patil said. Discovering why was hard.
"With Linux, there was nobody offering us support. If there was a problem we
had to do our own R&D to find out what was wrong."
PWC Recommends Secure Solution
CDSL employed the services of PriceWaterhouseCoopers to audit the systems
implementation specifically as CDSL was using multiple networks to service
Today, CDSL operates Microsoft WindowsÂ® 2000 Advanced Server with its Active
DirectoryÂ® service, Microsoft Exchange 2000, and Microsoft Internet Security
and Acceleration (ISA) Server. Windows 2000 acts as the operating system
underpinning the other applications, while Active Directory has become the sole
service responsible for defining security policies, authenticating users and
controlling access to different parts of CDSL's networks.
The above acievement is projected as a success story.
Members may please comment on the averments made in the report on the
inadequacies of Linux.
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