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Hero group plans common DR center

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In light of the recent events like 9/11 or the New York grid failure in August 2003, the importance of disaster recovery has come to the

forefront. Hero Group of companies is planning to have a common Disaster

Recovery (DR) center to cater to different companies under its umbrella.

According to the company, the center is likely to be based

close of its Gurgaon facility and would be operational within the next six

months. "We are going to create a DR site at the group level, where we can

handle data recovery for all the Hero group of companies including–Hero Honda

and Hero Cycles. We are not in a position to comment about the investment plans

as of now but the center would be operational within the next six months,"

informed, SR Balasubramanian VP (Information Systems), Hero Honda Motors Ltd.

At present, the company has its centralized data center

located in Gurgaon with its Dharuhera plant and headquarters having a few local

servers. "We have a network of structured LAN at three locations and WAN on

hybrid links. Higher end monitoring of all the equipment is being done in

house," Balasubramanian added.

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According to Balasubramanian, businesses should try and make

DR planning a high priority. "A lot of businesses talk about DR, but don’t

make planning for one a high priority. Fire, theft, sabotage, intrusion, power

outage or explosion – all can cause major disruptions in a business and can

affect the security and integrity of data and physical assets of an

organization. In today’s environment, you simply cannot afford to lose on the

vital data and have to be prepared to face difficult circumstances," he

explained.

To further streamline its processes, the company is also

planning to extend its existing Economic Resource Planning (ERP) solution for

its partners all over the country. "We have this solution from SAP being

implemented within the organization and we are in the process of extending this

to link our business partners using the supply chain module," he added.

With a projected turnover of Rs 6,000 crore for the year

2003-04, the company has seen a growth of more than 250 percent in sales volumes

between the year 1998-99 and 2002-03. "Over the last few years, we have

almost doubled the manpower for the company and we are expecting to sell two

million motorcycles by 2003-04. So with initiatives such as these in place, we

will be in a better position to increase our business profitability for the near

future," he informed.

Zia Askari


New Delhi (CyberMedia News Service)

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