Future-proofing IT for Business Growth
Futurenet provided a comprehensive and scalable IT infrastructure to a leading non-banking finance corporation to support future growth.
A leading non-banking finance corporation, having presence in 20 states and more than 1,100 locations in India, was facing the challenge to meet their business growth expectations. Their existing IT infrastructure was more than five years old and was unable to support the company’s business growth and vision.
The finance company was saddled with non-scalable IT infrastructure. The application performance was so slow that it resulted in delays in processing loans within the stipulated time frame of 48 hours, following the receipt of loan applications.
To top it, the customer didn’t have any Business Continuity Plan (BCP), Data Recovery (DR) process and ERP back-up, resulting in loss of business-critical data in case of systems failure. Further, sales reports were not spooled on time leading to delays in decision making. All these resulted in a huge wastage of resource, time and money, thus impeding the growth of the company.
Chennai-based Futurenet Technologies was identified as preferred solution partner due to its consultative approach in providing critical IT infrastructure.
Using its Level-7 process and IT consultants, Futurenet conducted a comprehensive gap analyses of the performance, availability, security and scalability of the IT infrastructure. The elaborate audit helped identify the need for a revamped IT infrastructure in keeping with the future business growth envisioned by the customer.
In a turnkey project divided into two phases, Futurenet implemented Hitachi’s all-SSD memory replication system, which delivers 10-times faster performance compared to HDD-based system. The entire database was tuned for reduced memory usage, along with indexing and splitting of temporary database.
In addition, the entire infrastructure was virtualized using VMware tool. Futurenet also implemented BCP and DR solutions to enable full-recovery of critical data within four hours, with zero data loss.
In the second phase, Futurenet re-developed business applications and split into three instances with improved performance using Citrix load balancer. The implementation of application firewall and load balancing ensured data security and 24x7 availability of IT infrastructure.
The benefits of the solutions deployed by Futurenet were immediate and positively impacted the overall busi- ness of the customer with high availability of applications and optimum usage of resources.
“The user experience improved with 24x7 uptime. Successful implementation of load balancing and proactive maintenance features drastically reduced the manpower required to manage the infrastructure. In addition, implementation of storage area network (SAN) with virtualization resulted in better application and database performance,” highlighted K Tamizhmani, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Futurenet Technologies.
Deployment of BCP solution ensured seamless availability of critical infrastructure and services. The RTO (Recovery Time Objective) improved from the earlier 4 hours to just 20 minutes, and RPO (Recovery Point Objective) improved from 24hours to only 2 minutes. “At the end of the project, system analyses showed that the IT infrastructure was 70 percent quicker and reliable than the previous one. The new IT systems can now be scaled up to three times of the current business requirements,” concluded Tamizhmani.
“Analyses showed that the new IT infrastructure was 70 percent faster and reliable than the previous one. The IT systems can now be scaled up to three times of the current business requirements” K TAMIZHMANI, VP, Sales & Marketing, Futurenet Technologies