Dhvani Research: enhancing NDE performance
Recently featured in our full article on non-destructive testing company , Indian tech hub (Dhvani) was highlighted by Arungalai Anbarasu, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, as a particularly strong partner.
“We’ve been working with Dhvani for a few years now and count them as a valued partner in our journey. Dhvani has access to a wide pool of resources, a strong track record in delivering ADR software and associated applications for x-ray, and their customer base includes top global brands.”
Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Chennai, Dhvani leverages IITM, CNDE and ESCON technologies in the pursuit of its goal to become a world leading authority of research, development, integration and training for advanced non-invasive diagnostics.
A keen imparter of sector specific knowledge, it offers corporate and public training on topics ranging from digital NDE, ultrasonic guided waves, thermal imaging and more. The courses themselves are designed to be client specific and feature both practical and theory-based modules.
Originally a ‘spin-off’ of IIT Madras (Indian Institute of Technology Madras), Dhvani moves beyond its expertise by also possessing a broad portfolio of essential products and solutions:
- (Tank Annular Plate Scanner)
- (Corrosion Under Pipe-support Scanner)
- (Critical Region Inspection Scanner for Pipes)
- (Turnkey Automated Scanning System)
- (Transducer Characterisation & Scanning System)
- (Scanning High Resolution Ultrasonic Testing & Imaging)
- (Conventional and Phased Array Simulator)
- (Ray Based Ultrasonic Simulator)
- (A Ray Based software package for simulating the Digital X-ray Inspection)
Furthermore, Dhvani takes pride in its ability to combine unique models and elements to create a bespoke solution for its customers. This is enabled by a strategically developed partner ecosystem. “Dhvani connects its unique competencies in science and advance technology to create solutions that enhance and nourish performance,” said the company.
“Dhvani is incredibly flexible in its working arrangements and truly drives us to succeed on multiple fronts simultaneously; a nice contrast from hardware companies, which are used to more structured and therefore slower shifts,” added Anbarasu.
GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”