Data Center Consolidation and Business Continuity

The customer is one of the leading financial services companies in India, and delivers a wide range of comprehensive financial solutions to its end clients. The customer has interest in life, general and health insurance; commercial & home finance; equities and commodities broking; wealth management services; distribution of financial products; asset reconstruction; proprietary investments and other activities in financial services.

 

THE CHALLENGE

Given the sensitive nature of this business, the customer needs to maximize up-time of its business-critical applications, and lower RPO & RTO in case of any disaster. The company has built a private cloud to serve their own IT requirements as well as those of its group companies and clients. However, they lacked an established framework to safeguard investors’ money, such as IT systems processes or business continuity plans and processes. The maximum system tolerable downtime for the company is 30 minutes. They had been using traditional data centers and an un-consolidated infrastructure. Their Backup, replication and BCP-DR systems were not as per the industry requirements.

 

THE SOLUTION

Galaxy provided consulting services to the client for creating and following a business continuity planning framework. Since last year, Galaxy has been working with its Chief Technology Officer to come up with and implement a plan to set up a private cloud with the help of industry-leading OEMs like VMware, Brocade, EMC, Hitachi and Lenovo. Along with this, we also implemented a three-way Business Continuity Planning – Disaster Recovery [BCP-DR] solution, with its primary data center located at their Navi Mumbai office, a near BCP-DR site implemented at less than 5 kilometers from the primary data center, far BCP-DR site at Bangalore. At all three locations, they are using EMC Unity Storage along with Recover Point Appliance for the synchronous replication between DC & Near DR, and asynchronous replication between near DR & far DR.

Galaxy provided following solutions:

  • To Setup Private Cloud from VMware using vRealize Suite (vROPS,vRA,vRB)
  • Created dashboard for users: where they can check the infrastructure owned by them
  • Created dashboard for IT team of business units: where they can monitor infra belongs to respective BU and get the alerts if any eventuality happens,
  • Created Dashboard of the CIO of the BU: to have visibility of the infra respective to their BU
  • Created dashboard for Group IT
  • Created dashboard for Group CIO
  • Implemented: NSX (Deploying Phase)
  • EMC Unity AF Storage.

 

THE BENEFITS

Customer’s applications are now protected with bi-directional synchronous and asynchronous replication and digital video recorder(DVR)-like recovery in physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures. The customers can minimize network utilization with unique bandwidth compression and de-duplication, significantly reducing the replication of data over the network and also can streamline disaster recovery testing of the application environment while production replication continued unaffected. EMC Recover Point provides continuous data protection to the customer, with multiple recovery points to restore applications instantly to a specific point in time.

 

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