"The main driver was to extend and unite our business critical applications and users on a common ERP platform. For that we need to strengthen our underlying infrastructure on a common platform," says Thakur.
A migration plan was drawn up. In a span of six months, Dalmia Bharat successfully migrated its business critical applications and its ERP onto a single virtualized stack that resides in the company's datacenter. The server and storage needs of the entire group were consolidated on a single virtualized platform, while legacy applications were left in their native state. Currently, the datacenter houses 259 virtual servers, housed in a single stack.
Currently, the company is running on a hybrid cloud platform. The company is quickly rolling out public cloud services like Office 360 and a cloud ERP. "We want to move towards being a complete cloud company. We are already re-looking at our security policies to get ready for the change. But the ecosystem of partners and service providers has to mature."
The Benefits: Thakur says that the project has already driven service levels to new heights. "Fault lines have dramatically come down, the resilience of the system has increased, the response time of users has shrunk drastically," he says. The built-in capacity now gives the company the flexibility to add systems on the fly and enable faster integration with new companies.
"We are number four in the cement business. Our aim is to break into the top two. We have been able to protect our legacy systems, while also getting business ready for the future," says Thakur.
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