Yesterday Wipro announced that it\u2019s snapping up U.S.-based infrastructure management provider InfoCrossing for $600 million.It\u2019s one of the largest American buys by an Indian outsourcer (see India's Wipro to Acquire U.S. Services Provider Infocrossing).The outsourcing analysts say the deal has the likes of IBM and EDS shaking in their boots. But is it the end of infrastructure outsourcing as we know\u00a0it?Not exactly.Typically if you were going to offshore your\u00a0infrastructure to an Indian company, you'd be engaging in what is\u00a0called "remote infrastructure management." outsourcing analysts have been hyping it for at least the last year as TNBT (The Next Big Thing). Unlike the traditional IT infrastructure model offered by such entrenched U.S. players as IBM and EDS, Indian companies offered what I\u2019ll call infrastructure outsourcing "lite". Taking advantage of a host of new advanced infrastructure management tools (infrastructure planning, administration, and monitoring and problem-solving tools), the Indian providers manage your infrastructure from a different time zone. But they don\u2019t actually take the physical data center off your hands.Or off your books. Which, for many companies, was the appeal of sending IT infrastructure to a third party in the first place \u2013 all that pesky, fast-depreciating hardware, software, and facilities expense. But Indian outsourcers are notoriously risk-averse when it comes to investing in assets. Kind of kills the profit margin. They don\u2019t really want to take on your (expensive) human resources either, which is why we\u2019ve only seen limited amount of the "re-badging" of IT employees in Indian deals\u00a0that marks most outsourcing deals generally. But that\u2019s a discussion for another time.Until now, most of this remote infrastructure management was done by smaller Indian firms you may never have heard of. If you contracted with one of the top tier firms for RIM, they were probably subcontracting it.\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe Wipro acquisition marks a major milestone here. Perhaps it represents some kind of a\u00a0middle ground\u00a0between the traditional (more costly) U.S. model and the new (cheaper)\u00a0Indian one. Or maybe it's just a move by a well-funded Indian company to leapfrog into infrstructure competition by buying InfoCrossing's U.S. customers, and the assets that come with it are just a necessary evil.\n\n\u00a0\nIt\u2019s also interesting because for all the talk of "moving up the value chain" of outsourcing, infrastructure management (the most commoditized of outsourced services, if I must use the term "commoditized," which I hate) seems more like a move down the value chain. Particularly India\u2019s RIM version. (I know a lot of you will disagree. Send the angry email to firstname.lastname@example.org.) But it offers these offshore providers a much more straightforward revenue\u00a0growth (particularly infrastructure outsourcing "lite") than IT consulting or other activities further up the value chain.Meanwhile, will\u00a0actual remote infrastructure management\u00a0really take off with American customers the way all the analysts are predicting? I know U.S. airline start-up\u00a0Virgin America\u00a0is betting on this next big thing, and I\u2019m meeting with their remote infrastructure manager Cybernet-SlashSupport (CSS) later today. And the analysts make a good case for it. Everest Research Institute says a host of factors \u2013 those new infrastructure management tools; the\u00a0complicity on the part of IBM, EDS and others\u00a0in also taking advantage of the offshore component; shorter technology cycles; and growing interest from buyers \u2013 means that old-school IT infrastructure outsourcing suppliers will start to see declining revenues.In 2009, that is. In the meantime, I\u2019m going to wait and see how these early deals work out. How about you?