BCR contracted Datanet Systems to undertake a project aimed at modernizing the Data Center infrastructure and data network. Through the implementation of Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology, BCR had two key operational objectives: to facilitate seamless migration of servers and applications between the bank’s data centers and to adopt network micro-segmentation functionalities to enhance security by isolating specific operational zones without requiring server reconfiguration.
In the initial phase of the project, Datanet Systems’ specialists, in collaboration with BCR’s IT team, evaluated the existing infrastructure and functional requirements to define the most suitable technical solution. Based on the evaluation, they created project documentation for a Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) system in a Multi-Site architecture.
“BCR aimed to modernize its entire IT infrastructure, and IP fabric technology has become a de facto standard in data centers. We chose the Cisco ACI SDN solution not only due to the bank’s history with Cisco products and the trusted relationship we had with Datanet Systems but also for the additional functionalities offered by Cisco, such as micro-segmentation. This feature, along with multifabric, allows us to have much more granular control over the traffic within the data center,” said Cristian Costina, Head of the Infrastructure and Data Center Management Department, IT Operations Division, BCR.
The project also involved testing, validation, and production implementation phases, ensuring that the solution deployed in the production network delivered the tested level of functionality demonstrated in the pilot network.