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Lower Cost, Greater Scalability, Simpler Management: Backup & Recovery in the Cloud for Leading Indian Life Insurance Company

The insurance services provider uses Sify GoInfinit Cloud for a highly-secure back-up and disaster recovery solution

The Company

India’s two leading banks and Japan’s leading mutual life insurance company came together to set up a joint venture life insurance company. In 2008, IT was to play a very important role in making them a strong player in the Indian life insurance market in a short time. So much so that it became the first company in the BFSI sector to harness the power of the Cloud to set up a Back-up and Disaster Recovery service, with the help of Sify Technologies - its trusted technology partner.

The Challenge

Driven by insurance and regulatory compliance mandates, the company was looking for an off-site backup and disaster recovery site in a city located in a different seismic zone from its primary Data Center. It was critical that they have this secondary site set up quickly, while not compromising security.

The Solution

Since its primary data was being hosted by Sify at its concurrently maintainable Data Center in Mumbai, Sify suggested setting up the company's secondary disaster recovery site at Sify’s Bangalore Data Center, using a secure virtual private network (VPN) and the protection of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

Sify’s secure VPN used 168-bit Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES), which is considered secure enough for military use. Since both Data Centers are on the same network backbone, bandwidth was not an issue. The Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) ― the most crucial factors in a failover scenario ― were just two hours.

Business Benefits

  • Star WhiteBesides the cost benefits, the whole process was implemented in just 10 days, which included getting internal approvals, setting up the infrastructure and implementing and testing the service. (A traditional approach would have taken a minimum of two months, which they could not afford.)
  • Star WhiteSify’s cloud provided a flexible and scalable infrastructure enabling the adding or removal of capacity on demand

Customer Speak

"Setting up a similar service in an on-premise Data Center would have taken a considerably longer time and cost almost 70 percent more.”

HARNATH BABU Head-IT, Leading Life Insurance

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