Rahul Bhardwaj, CIO, Fullerton India Credit Company shares his perspectives on data centre adoption, migration, partnership, and benefits:
Ravi Lalwani: What things get simplified when you move from on-prem to the data centre? What complications must you be ready for after moving?
Rahul Bhardwaj: With each passing day, data centre migration is gaining momentum and popularity in the business ecosystem. One of the biggest reasons for this is that as business grows, it results in expansion of server space and hardware. Renting the same is more cost effective than having an on-premises office. Scalability is much smoother and seamless with the use of data centres. Skills required to manage a data center are highly specialised and hence expensive to maintain in-house. Additionally, mirrored data centres reduce the risk of data loss when a sudden outage takes place.
Although, data centres are much easier to use and handle, there are downsides too. You are obviously dependent on the data center provider’s ability, expertise, and financial stability to ensure reliability. Since multiple people have access to data centres, there can be challenges while carrying out operational tasks and maintenance. However, having in-house data centre experts can help alleviate these issues. At Fullerton India, we have been in an outsourced data center for quite some time.
Should partnerships between NBFC companies and data centers be short-term or long-term? What parameters help promote a long-term partnership?
Data center decisions should not be a short-term approach. Moving into or out of a DC is a major and complex task which, which if done wrong or too frequently, can cause disruptions to business. With managing host of important information, data centers become one of the most critical arms for an NBFC and maintaining a long-term partnership with them is only advisable.
Certain key parameters to maintain a long-term relationship with data center involve stability vis-à-vis the infrastructure provided. Robust connectivity and power supply backups are a must have for smooth operation. Besides, redundancy is another important factor to maintain a long-term relationship with data centers. Since the latter involves cost investments to build identical facilities, expenses for the same can impact budget.
How do the growth benefits compare with cost savings benefits when shifting to a data center and cloud? What new skills are needed and what skills become redundant?
Using cloud over data center is more effective in terms of both, cost, and growth. Since, cloud does not require the use of hardware, manpower and maintenance costs, it saves a massive tranche of the expenditures of a business. Besides, cloud makes the business very agile as the expansion of data and storage is quick and seamless. Moreover, life cycle management is outsourced when one moves to cloud. On the contrary, data centers demand a significant amount of investment for expansion. Moreover, data centers involve high maintenance costs and skilled administrators for seamless operation.
When businesses move from data centers to cloud, having the knowledge of InfoSec (protection of electronic data against unauthorized use) becomes imperative. As the use of cloud gives control of data to multiple people at a time the risks of data breach are high, hence profound knowledge on these lines is extremely important to counter any impending data threats. Besides, you do need internal resources who will administer the cloud deployment.