It is very important to have visibility and capability of a disaster recovery solution in an IT-driven organization says Lakshman Narayanaswamy, Co-Founder and VP-Products, Sanovi Technologies
What should be the DR strategies for any enterprise IT or an IT-driven organization?
First and foremost companies must have a disaster recovery plan. Having a right plan at the the right time is the need of the hour. Every businesses must do an audit of their critical applications and business process and assign a recovery time objective for each of these processes. It is very important to have visibility and capability of the DR solution. Often companies deploy DR solutions but if there is an outage they keep working on production. They need to invest in tools and provide visibility and automation tools to recover data. IT driven organizations need to take a holistic and a life cycle approach. Customers have to see where they stand in the maturity curve and how they can progress.
What are the biggest problems that CIOs or IT Managers face regarding data recovery? How would Sanovi address them?
Sanovi started with the value proposition to address disaster recovery (DR) market. We started doing huge projects in DR and realized that there was no tool and everything was manual. Sanovi’s products came out to address the gap where manual work could be avoided. Most IT heads in an organization do not have much visibility, as to how much time would it take to recover the data and what data they are going to lose. Large enterprises have lot of resources and managing all resources is a big task. IT is moving towards 24/7 capability but are struggling how to manage their data. Sanovi products gives visibility to IT managers and CIOs and the ability from a recovery readiness perspective on a real time basis. It also helps them to dramatically reduce the dependence on expertise by automating the whole step. However DR is still a board level decision, however the importance of DR tools is being realized in several verticals. Most of the environment are heterogeneous, and there is a need for a expertise to address the challenges in such an environment.
Which are the verticals you are targeting? Who are your major customers?
We presently are targeting verticals such as BFSI, manufacturing, telecom, and healthcare. We are also working on some e-governance projects. APDRP project is one such e-governance project we are working on for the Ministry of Power. The goal of the project is to increase efficiencies in power transmission and distribution and cut down losses to 10-15%. We have successfully carried out a project for HDFC Bank where the organization was able to achieve 100% increase in frequency of DR drills and reduce 85% application fail over time. ICICI Bank, Corporation Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Vijaya Bank, Yes Bank, Bank of Baroda, L&T, and Essar are few of our clients. We are also targeting SMEs as well.
Enterprises are shifting their applications to cloud services. Are Sanovi’s products market ready when this transition happens?
Cloud is an exciting prospect for us and can provide new capabilities to enterprises. Sanovi had always anticipated of such services and we are cloud ready. Our software is web based that can be viewed, initiated, or tracked anywhere. We have several capabilities available through a technology called Web Services that allows us to interface with several other key management interfaces. The trend in DR is moving towards having an agile organization that is recovery ready. We offer services to be able to a recovery capability that a cloud needs in a seamless way.