PARVIN­DER SINGH

Cor­po­rate Vice Pres­i­dent, Head IT Ser­vices & Tech­ni­cal Con­trol Unit at Max Life In­sur­ance

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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.

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