Quest Thrives in Time of Recession

by Manu Sharma    Apr 03, 2009

With recession impacting across verticals, Quest Software said its solutions are proving a perfect fit for companies looking to save on costs.

Talking to CXOtoday, Krishnan Thyagarajan, managing director of Quest Software India, said, "Our role during the slowdown is becoming very critical and we are providing solutions that help organizations manage their business more efficiently, thus benefiting from saving."

By using Quest solutions, a company that had allotted 85% of its IT budget for maintenance was able to cut it down to 80%. "In these tough times, saving even 5% is good," he said.

Thyagarajan cited the example of Kotak Securities, a financial company that was using Microsoft Sequel Server for 100,000 data each day. Since Kotak has several centres located across the country, it took nearly 16 hours for back up

However, on opting for Quest ‘LiteSpeed’, Kotak was able to compress the database to 80% and cut down smart backup time from 4 hours to 15 minutes and remote backup from 16 hours to less than 1 hour. "Because it was compressed, the storage cost went down and so the company saved from backup hardware, bandwidth, backup storage and ran a more secure atmosphere," said Thyagarajan.

Quests’ solutions are focused more on the banking and financial institutions (BFSI), IT, ITsS and telecom verticals.

"Our solutions give good returns immediately. Gone are the days to look for returns on investments in three to four years," Thyagarajan said. Quest has about 200 products and 1,000 customers in India.

‘Share Plex’ from Quest is a solution that helps companies to replicate three things — Oracle database, migration and send out reports. These can be sent to low-value servers for disaster recovery.  Using this, one can replicate database and work from the disaster site also. Besides experience near-zero downtime for migration, report out of a regular server instead of a big enterprise server and payback period less than an hour. All these result in substantial saving for an organization, he said.

Ranbaxy, one of Quest’s major customers, uses ‘Password Manager’ that reduces the burden of helpdesk staff. Likewise, Marico Industries uses ‘Message Stat’, an analysis and reporting solution for people who use Microsoft Exchange for emails to stop the spam, control the bandwidth and message stat accurately. 

Quest Software has offices in Bangalore and Mumbai and intends to open offices in New Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata in the near future. However, Quest has no development centre in India.


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