VI­JAY SETHI

Vice Pres­i­dent and CIO at Hero Mo­toCorp

InformationWeek - - Cover Story -

Within Hero Mo­toCorp, the to­tal size of data that we deal with is about 200-300 ter­abytes and ev­ery year we ob­serve an in­crease of 8-10 ter­abytes.

When it comes to al­lo­cat­ing spe­cific stor­age com­po­nents for spe­cific busi­ness needs and en­ter­prise apps, the key de­cid­ing fac­tor is speed of ac­cess re­quired by these apps. For ex­am­ple, SSDs are be­ing used for apps re­quir­ing high per­for­mance and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing high trans­ac­tion rates such as SAP ERP, Dealer Man­age­ment Sys­tem (DMS) etc.

Gen­er­ally, the in­vest­ment done ev­ery year by Hero Mo­toCorp for buy­ing and main­tain­ing stor­age in­fra­struc­ture is about 3-4 per­cent of the to­tal IT in­vest­ment.

Dur­ing a reg­u­lar day, the DMS ex­pe­ri­ences in­voice gen­er­a­tion of 22,000 to 25,000 two-wheel­ers, while the size of two-wheeler ser­vic­ing in­voic­ing ranges from 70,000 to 80,000 per day. On fes­ti­vals like Navra­tras and Dhanteras about 1 lakh in­voices are gen­er­ated per day for two-wheel­ers bought. All these trans­ac­tions hap­pen­ing via DMS re­quire quick turn­around time and hence this app has been placed on high-per­for­mance SSD stor­age.

Then there is the next level of stor­age, made up of high-speed disk — SAN — which ac­com­mo­dates other en­ter­prise apps that do not call for

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