My Wow moment happened with the rollout of the Private Cloud Project in 2012. As part of the verÂsion 2.0 initiative, the bank decided to move all its applications to the private cloud by the first half of 2012 to achieve efficient and dynamic IT service delivery capability and cost optimization. We started with the evaluation phase and feasibility analysis which consisted of a proof of concept with key vendors.
With the success of proof of concept we shortlisted technology based on VMware, Cisco UCS as the platform, for scalability and ease of manageÂment, storage virtualization, using Hitachi USPVM for tiered storage and automation of monitoring using multiple tools.
In the YES BANK private cloud implementation, key hardware reÂsources-compute, storage, and netÂworking-are pooled and abstracted into units that enable the technology team to dynamically provide and scale applications and resources.
The initial deployment and migraÂtion was completed in 6 months.
The project is a great success and we have achieved 100% uptime in the last six months and have subÂsequently launched 12 new applicaÂtions on the virtual environment. The private cloud project deployÂment resulted in various benefits like quicker provisioning of appliÂcations.
It also resulted in signifiÂcant cost reduction and enhanced capacity utilization with almost 50% reduction in cost of server hardware and its hosting charges. Without the need to purchase any additional space or power for Production Data Center, the IT department was able to cater to exponential growth proÂjections of the bank.
With virtualiÂzation, the IT department was able to utilize spare capability in the ‘server-farm’ to activate the appliÂcation from an alternate server, in case of hardware failure. It enabled power savings of about 42 KVA, in line with Green IT initiatives.
The project has been a great learning experience for me and my team and has further strengthened my belief that focused approach with a right mix of planning, moniÂtoring, and controlling, can make a difference in completing a project on time, on budget, and with high quality.Â