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IBM - Svenska Handelsbanken

Based in Stockholm, Svenska Handelsbanken is a major bank in Sweden, with 459 domestic branches, as well as branches in the Nordic countries, United Kingdom and Asia. Svenska Handelsbanken offers traditional corporate transactions, investment banking and trading, consumer banking and life insurance services. To maintain a competitive edge, Svenska Handelsbanken needed to replicate its credit card and Internet banking applications to a second server, ensuring the company would not lose data in the event of a disaster. The bank also wanted to ensure that the backup server was in synch with the pro­duction server, regardless of transaction volumes.

Vendor: IBM (NYSE: IBM)

Customer: Svenska Handelsbanken
Vertical Markets:
Financial

 

Technology Used: IBM PowerVM virtualization, IBM Copy Services for System i, IASPs, IBM System Storage Metro Mirror replication software, Power 570 server, IBM System Storage DS8100 disk system, IBM SAN Switches.

 

Solution: Based in Stockholm, Svenska Handelsbanken is a major bank in Sweden, with 459 domestic branches, as well as branches in the Nordic countries, United Kingdom and Asia. Svenska Handelsbanken offers traditional corporate transactions, investment banking and trading, consumer banking and life insurance services.

 

To maintain a competitive edge, Svenska Handelsbanken needed to replicate its credit card and Internet banking applications to a second server, ensuring the company would not lose data in the event of a disaster. The bank also wanted to ensure that the backup server was in synch with the pro­duction server, regardless of transaction volumes.

 

The solution uses IBM Power Systems technology, with a pair of IBM Power 570 servers, running the IBM i 5.4 operating system, to act as production and backup servers. Using IBM PowerVM Standard Edition virtualization software, the bank divided the production and backup servers into multiple partitions that mirror each other in real-time using the IBM Copy Services for System i solution, independent auxiliary storage pools, and IBM System Storage Metro Mirror replication software.  Each Power 570 server connects to an IBM System Storage DS8100 disk system via IBM SAN Switches.

 

As a result of implementing this solution, Svenska Handelsbanken realized a continuously available infrastructure for mission-critical banking applications. Additionally the IBM solution simplifies monthly server maintenance by enabling the bank to switch between production and backup systems in 14 minutes, and also provides ease of administration without requiring downtime from the bank’s production server. 

 

Further details:

http://www-01.ibm.com/software/success/cssdb.nsf/CS/ARBN-7QAQHT?OpenDocument&Site=corp&cty=en_us




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