With a mission to enable organisations transform with technology in a digital, mobile-first, data-driven world, Embee has become a preferred technology partner for major businesses across industries with a global footprint. In particular, Embee’s cloud journey with Microsoft Azure has transformed over 275+ organisations. To date, we have migrated over 120K Virtual Workloads, with 60% growth on Azure in FY’18, and command among the highest cloud consumption portfolios in India.
We delivered a truly transformational solution for our customer, a leading financial services firm. The company in 2014, ventured into loans against property, loans for SME’s and other commercial loans.
Customer had developed and adapted a lot of applications to streamline business. These included:
- Oracle based Loan Management System
- RHEL Linux-based applications using Oracle Exadata as a backend database,
- Other custom-built applications using SQL as a backend database.
These applications were hosted at the company’s datacentre in Gurgaon. As intended, these applications enabled Customer employees to function with better efficiency and effectiveness.
However, there was one major area of concern for the Customer’s IT team. While they had a well-defined local backup strategy, there was a need of a recovery site for the business-critical applications in case of a disaster.
In consultation with Embee, Customer understood the challenge well enough and they decided to get the acceptable solution in place before a problem presented itself. Given that the applications were mission critical, a solid backup and recovery mechanism was essential for business continuity. Further customer was also looking for a DR Solution that suited their heterogeneous environment.
Customer wanted a DR site that offered 30 minutes of Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and 4 Hours of Recovery Time Objective (RTO). It was imperative that the DR should be easily deployable and must have the ability to be tested without any impact to the production site. Affordability was also an essential criterion. Assessing the market, we realized that most of the traditional DR tools & sites have a drawback when compared to cloud based DR Site, and it’d be best to go with a cloud-based DR solution (OPEX), rather than an on premise, traditional setup (CAPEX).
Customer evaluated Azure Site Recovery (ASR). The company’s IT team, supported by Embee, spent some time figuring out the nuances of the service. Most significantly, the Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) model was cost-effective solution as there is no compute cost associated until unless there is a DR drill, or a real disaster happens. This led them to conclude that ASR is the right solution for them.
Embee’s team swiftly delivered the solution utilising the following technologies:
- Azure Site Recovery
- Application Gateway
- SQL Log Shipping
- Express Route
- Oracle Data Guard
“We’ve been engaged with Embee for the last 2 years or so for different analytical and infrastructure solutions. The migration to Azure was challenging as we have various business units. However they have been a great support for us. We have successfully moved 23 websites with 10 TB of data and zero downtime. I am always impressed by their commitment and unending support.”
– VP – Technology, Customer Organization
The advantages of the solution became visible on Day One. Now,
- Customer has a testable DR site on the Cloud where they can do routine half-yearly DR drill.
- The DR portal can be accessed from anywhere and a DR can be initiated also without logging into their network. With Azure Site Recovery, Customer was also able to attain their desired RPO and RTO.
Other benefits include:
- Seamless Scalability:
Azure’s elastic storage and compute is a significant value add. It disrupts traditional DRaaS since Microsoft manages both the DR software (ASR) and recovery infra (Azure), making scalability seamless.
- Simple, Automated Protection:
The lack of huge initial investment helped bring down the cost by a large margin. Furthermore, Azure Site Recovery also helped bring the cost further down by ensuring that all servers will remain off until and unless DR is triggered.
- Cost Effectiveness:
Customer can now automate the replication of virtual machines based on policies that they set and control, They can set Site Recovery coordinates and manage the ongoing replication of data by integrating with existing technologies without any major changes.
Sailing smooth with Azure Site Recovery
Customer is now reassured with a cost-effective, efficient, transparent DR solution, saving on major infrastructure costs and provide an unprecedented peace of mind.
The solution is universal. The benefits of ASR in reducing costs and attaining the desired RPO and RTO can be applied to any organisation running business critical applications.
With Embee’s dedicated consultation, robust delivery and the reliability of the Azure platform, Customer also expanded their Azure utilisation with Remote Managed Services of their IT infrastructure. This is expected to further increase their Azure footprint.
Embee is a recognized leading technology partner in India with 34+ years of experience in delivering digital transformation to its 2000+ customers. We are uniquely positioned to empower businesses to be more with Cloud and Datacentre Technologies. Our cloud solutions enable customers to leverage the latest resources on various cloud platforms while optimizing costs through application modernization and serverless computing.
Choosing a right cloud solutions and managed services provider ensures you attain peace of mind and focus entirely on your day-to-day business operations and exceling strategies.