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Police Force Adopts Private Cloud, Reduces Costs
||We have reduced our physical servers by 25 percent. As a result, we are seeing fair savings in power consumption, IT administration costs, space, and hardware costs.
IT Wing, Central Reserve Police Force
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is the largest of India's Central Armed Police Forces. It functions under the aegis of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India. The CRPF's primary role lies in assisting the State/Union Territories in
police operations to maintain law and order and contain insurgency.
With more than 60 years of glorious history and comprising various battalions and other establishments, the force has grown into a huge organization. It is considered the largest paramilitary force in the world today.
One of its most important goals is ensuring internal security. It is therefore especially critical for the IT team to establish continuity of all operations across offices. Although the force already had processes in place, it was a struggle to keep IT services
up to date, and the CRPF was keen to improve its existing arrangements.
Until recently, CRPF had all individual servers running the Windows Server 2003 R2 operating system in its data center. All these servers were hurting the force’s bottom line. Not only were they expensive to acquire, but the power, cooling, and management
costs were continually rising.
Additionally, the existing intranet was built on obsolete technologies. “Clearly, with the existing system , achieving optimization was a difficult task,” says a CRPF spokesperson. “We were looking at upgrading to the latest technologies.”
Data collected over the years was crucial. With a lot of data in storage, protecting the same was a big challenge for the IT team. “We really needed a smarter way to structure our own IT operations,” says a CRPF spokesperson. “We needed the right solution
with the right value, reliability, and scalability. That’s when we decided to move to a private cloud infrastructure.”
In 2011, CRPF took steps towards solving its technology challenges by embracing the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system with Hyper-V technology as the preferred solution.
||By using a private cloud model, we have greater flexibility and freedom to use those technologies in ways that better serve our business operations. With a much smoother and increasingly efficient environment, we can more easily track,
control, and maximize our virtual infrastructure
| Spokesperson, Central Reserve Police Force
The deployment was accomplished in one month. Microsoft provided on-site assistance, project guidance, and follow-up. “Overall, the technology not only helped to reduce hardware and operations costs but also offered the highest levels of scalability and availability
to support business-critical applications,” says a CRPF spokesperson.
To complement the upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 and its Hyper-V virtualization initiative, CRPF deployed Microsoft System Center products. These work together to simplify and automate IT administration tasks, and they form an essential component of the
newly virtualized environment at CRPF.
The IT team now uses System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 R2 to deploy and manage physical and virtual machines from one console. System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 is being used to monitor server and application health to optimize application
performance. CRPF also uses System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 to back up databases and critical virtual machines.
“System Center products are now an integral part of our Hyper-V virtualization strategies,” affirms a CRPF spokesperson. “We are using them to properly maintain and manage our entire virtual environment. All of the System Center programs working together
take away much of the tedious work that we used to do on a daily basis.”
With IT infrastructure now standardized and centralized, the IT team has better control of services and can provide better administration and management, enhance efficiency and growth potential for the future.
The private cloud environment has met CRPF’s primary requirements for a more flexible, reliable, and manageable system. Moreover, it has helped increase overall security within the infrastructure.
By adopting a private cloud model and deploying System Center products, CRPF removed barriers to its growth. Overall, the force is benefiting from cost reduction and availability of critical services.
Single Console Eases Management
CRPF now has one central management console for its cloud environment. A CRPF spokesperson says, “Having the ability to manage
our entire cloud environment from one console was very important. System Center Virtual Machine Manager gave us one place to go for everything we need. It gives us an overview of our entire environment.”
Business Processes are more Efficient
The IT infrastructure barriers that previously restricted business growth for CRPF are gone. This initial foray into virtualization, resulting in a more cost-effective dynamic infrastructure, is only the beginning for CRPF. “By using a private cloud model,
we have greater flexibility and freedom to use those technologies in ways that better serve our business operations,” says a CRPF spokesperson. “With a much smoother and increasingly efficient environment, we can more easily track, control, and maximize our
Cost Savings effected through Server Consolidation
With its virtualization solution, CRPF has simplified server management and reduced costs while enhancing the flexibility, reliability, and scalability of its physical server infrastructure. A CRPF spokesperson says, “We have reduced our physical servers by
25 percent. As a result, we are seeing fair savings in power consumption, IT administration costs, space, and hardware costs.”
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008 R2 is a multipurpose operating system designed to increase the reliability and flexibility of your server and private cloud infrastructure, helping you to save time and reduce costs. It provides you with powerful tools to react to business
needs faster than ever before with greater control and confidence.
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For more information about Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) services, visit the website at:www.crpf.nic.in
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