Core IT of Main Datacenter and DR Infrastructure

Primary Contractor

Project Scope

The primary aim of the Bank was to improve infrastructure availability and boost the performance for core banking system running on Oracle FlexCube. Key requirements for business continuity were clearly defined to maximize the use of Disaster Recovery Center and minimize downtimes in case of primary data center outage. Due to complex routine calculations the close of business day operations took unacceptably long time, sometimes over 8-9 hours. It was a challenge to reduce this period to the possible minimum.

Goals and Benefits

Deployment of IBM Power8 Enterprise Servers running AIX and PowerVM virtualization provided bank with unmatched reliability and flexibility. In combination with IBM PowerHA industry clustering solution the highest level of availability has been achieved. IBM Storwize and FlashSystem storage systems with advanced tiering oiled the performance of extensive Oracle DB queries needed by Flex Cube system.

Such integration has improved overall performance for more than twice and shrunk close of the day procedure down to 2 hours and 30 minutes. At the end, Bank could step into the new way of possibilities to serve more business critical and operational tasks during the significantly less amount time at the fraction of the cost comparing to the x86 based solution.

Power Systems are always built for the most demanding, data-intensive, computing on earth. IBM’s cloud-ready servers help unleash insight from your data pipeline – from managing mission-critical data, to managing your operational data stores and data lakes, to delivering the best server for cognitive computing.

With industry leading reliability and security, our infrastructure is designed to crush the most data-intensive workloads imaginable. AIX is an enterprise-class UNIX operating system (OS) for the POWER processor architecture found in IBM Power Systems. Today’s global business must rely on an infrastructure that is secure, highly available and able to adapt quickly to changing business needs. AIX delivers these capabilities and more, with the performance, reliability and security that your mission-critical data demands.

Hardware products used

IBM Power Systems Enterprise, IBM Storwize, IBM Flash System, IBM Tape Library, Lenovo ThinkSystem, Cisco MDS, Cisco Catalyst, APC by Schneider, Network Technology Incorporated (NTI)

Software products used

IBM AIX, IBM PowerVM Enterprise, IBM PowerHA, IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager), IBM Spectrum for Storwize External Virtualization, VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus, VMware SRM

Timeline

Phase 1: Dec 2015 – Apr 2016

Phase 2: Dec 2017 – ongoing

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