Corporate Vice President, Head IT Services & Technical Control Unit at Max Life Insurance
At Max Life Insurance — a joint venture between Max India and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance — the total amount of IT investment that goes into storage is roughly about ` 1-2 crore.
The policy that we follow for the allocation of a specific kind of storage for specific enterprise apps or purposes is the IOPS required by the apps.
For example, our businesscritical apps such as ERP, policy administration system and some of the finance related apps, which need to deliver quick responses to any query made by the users and cannot afford to demonstrate even a minor lag, are placed on SAN.
Other instance is that of the testing and development environment within Max Life Insurance where high throughput is not required. Here, a combination of SAN and NAS is being used to address the specific needs of the testing and development environment.
Another example is that of the storage of scanned insurance related customer documents that don’t call for high performance storage but need to be scaled up as and when required. These scanned documents are being stored on NAS-based storage.
Currently, we are planning of evaluating SSDs for giving performance boosts to some of our business critical enterprises apps.