By Muqbil Ahmar

Today, the cloud has become an imperative to improve business productivity while optimizing costs. It can improve the use of resources, agility and optimization of staff productivity. This is a remarkable story of how Tranzlease, one of India’s fastest growing next-generation car rental and mobility solutions providers, went from an on-premise model to an infrastructure hyperconverged. In fact, the company was an early proponent of software-defined technology, which relies on strong business continuity planning (BCP) and disaster recovery (DR) to deliver high availability. to its customers.

Anindya Chakraborty, Managing Director and CEO of Tranzlease, as well as a tech enthusiast himself, has always been involved in the process of digital transformation. He was convinced to move forward with public cloud for infrastructure and DevOps for agility and flexibility and to make the best of both approaches to support the company’s digital strategy. This has helped Tranzlease evolve from a leasing company to one of the fastest growing next generation automotive leasing and mobility solution providers in India, defining the automotive lifestyle for consumers. Indians by working closely with manufacturers, insurers, dealers and banks for a multitude of products and services suited to the Indian masses.

Cloud transformation tracking at Tranzlease

Tranzlease has architectured and redesigned its entire infrastructure landscape, moving to the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform, enabling a anywhere, anytime approach for its employees and digitally transforming the business.

“The adoption of the cloud platform has not only benefited us in terms of reducing costs by around 30-40% in infrastructure, managed services and technology consolidation, but also added agility and availability. data at all times for the business, ”says Vishal. Sinha, DSI and RSSI, Tranzlease.

Tranzlease has opted for a mature IT infrastructure and ITGRC model involving multiple API-based products, applications and customer touchpoints for enterprise and retail. This has helped them structure the cloud roadmap and its adoption at a faster pace while extrapolating automation for analytics and innovating smart solutions for businesses.

“While this sounds impressive, the strain that this corporate enormity is putting on the IT infrastructure is just as enormous. There is an ongoing struggle with cost metrics and legacy data planning to meet business needs. We have moved forward with cloud initiatives to further extend the existing infrastructure and be ready for the future within the context of goals, strategy and business results, ”adds Sinha.

Journey to cloud transformation

Tranzlease consolidated its datacenter more than 7 years ago with its BCP-DR in Mumbai and Gurgaon. It has also been fully virtualized using VMware with SRM on IBM servers, EMC SAN storage, and Palo Alto. Core applications like ERP, SharePoint, M365 Exchange, Customer Portals, MS Visual Studio, Financials, Billing and SRM applications were running on a Windows / SQL server with adequate control for DLP and ISO 27001: 2013 and ISO 22301 (BCP) being certified for ISMS and BCPMS.

“We decided to go for a public cloud rather than a private cloud infrastructure. The whole cloud initiative and transformation was about leaving all the legacy behind and ending the lifecycle of this legacy infrastructure as a solid foundation for our digital transformation, our journey in the cloud and our new product initiatives, ”said Sinha.

After tedious brainstorming and in-depth internal proof of concept (PoC), Tranzlease focused on Microsoft Azure as a public cloud provider. The decision was made after a series of briefings with the board to allay fears and concerns about public cloud adoption.

Create an IT infrastructure ready for the future

The core tech team worked on various facets of the challenge. A digital roadmap was established and discussed with the Microsoft Azure team and their consulting partners on the opportunity to architect or make a lift-and-shift migration.

“We looked at our security landscape and our network architecture to design the Network Security Groups (NSGs) and decided to architect the cloud for TZL and not do a lift-and-shift. Otherwise, we would not have left a legacy. We would have lost the final objective, ”explains the technology leader.

There was a lot of brainstorming involved in the process.

“We had to identify and segment how many virtual machines we could transport as virtual machines and how many we could consolidate into a serverless model. We were thinking about what kind of apps we were planning to launch that were business critical. It was an intensive and long process; however, we steadily made progress towards our goal each month. Today, all of our business systems are 100% on the cloud platform. For critical business applications, we have meticulously planned the move to the cloud well in advance to ensure there is no business disruption, ”says Sinha.

Leverage the cloud for agility

With the adoption of the cloud, there was adequate control over the management of IT assets with Azure AD. Implementations have reduced the hassle of manual intervention during review meetings. The change management went hassle-free due to DevOps and Scrum in place. This was only possible thanks to the cloud and the agility it offers in terms of deploying a new application workload, Sinha explains.

Continuous collaboration, integration, and delivery have made the deployment stronger and simpler, giving it greater stability and scalability.

“We could use multiple authentication in our retail application and control network access to Microsoft Azure with better virtual disk and storage encryption, secure DevOps, monitor OS security, cloud workload, web application firewall, real-time endpoint threats to data security, data and business resiliency, ”says Sinha.

Tranzlease was able to achieve and realize a 30-40% cost saving on total cost of ownership versus data center and storage plan as the system crystallized and business stakeholders knew what to store and why. Due to the adoption of the cloud, the pandemic period which turned out to be an extended BCP program proved to be a success for the company with 95% remote work and no downtime.

With the successful implementation, the technology leader believes that a growing transformation and adoption of the cloud can add immense value to businesses, especially as the consumption and use of technology skyrockets. .

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