The IT department within the Romanian Bank is of great importance, with a valuable contribution for the entire business. The department has a team of more than 50 people that offer complete maintenance services and other like development, testing help desk, etc. Even since 2015, the IT department has begun a development process of the new data center architecture held and operated internally by the bank, to answer fast and efficient to a multitude of requests.
Romanian Bank decided to start an upgrade process of the entire data center infrastructure and the expansion of virtualization solution usage, to allow the maximization of the hardware resources utilization simultaneously with cost reduction for these reserves. After the market analysis, the IT department has identified Cisco Unified Computing Systems servers (UCS) as being the capable solution to cover both now and later development requirements.
Datanet was committed because of the experience the company has in the data center infrastructure area, being the main Cisco partner in Romania, with advanced competences in the server and storage and networking areas who could deliver an end-to-end solution.
The old architecture of the data center that hosted more than 100 physical servers, allocated one machine for each application. This led us to an increased number of servers until we reached the limit of the hosting capacity of the data center. This increase was visible due to electrical energy consumption and the management effort. The IT infrastructure became more and more complex and also costly – the existing servers and storage systems were very high maintenance.
The new architecture of the bank’s data center is based on Cisco UCS blade servers who are virtualized with the help of VMware solutions and connected through Cisco fiber channel switches to the Fujitsu storage equipment that has advanced data tiering capabilities. The new equipment is LAN interconnected with a series of servers from the old infrastructure. Altogether, an upgrade consisting of 10 GB connections has been made to the internal network.
The design and components of the new architecture have been determined by a mixed team from Romanian Bank and Datanet Systems, according to bank’s requirements.
A first improvement brought by the new data center architecture was the increased agility and flexibility of the IT bank department. The capabilities of the virtual infrastructure are now allowing the department to test and launch in production new functionalities and services in just a matter of hours. The monitoring and analysis functionalities of the new implemented equipment simplify the allocation process of the resources at the application level, allowing a proactive approach of the top tasks.
With the help of tools for dynamic allocation has been streamlined and the servers loading level to an optimal average of 50-60% (CPU and RAM). The new infrastructure has brought many performance advantages of over 50% in applications that process data with a direct impact on employees’ productivity and processes.
Economically active on the local market since 1992, the Romanian Bank was, in 1996, the first Western Union agent in the country, offering its clients electronical banking transfer services to anywhere in the world. Today, Romanian Bank is a member of Bank of Greece National Group, an international network with over 1000 banking units and more than 10 million clients.
"The new architecture model developed and implemented by Datanet Systems simplifies infrastructure management and resource allocation dynamically, improving the operational efficiency of the IT department."
Ionuț Moșescu, IT&C Manager, Infrastructure & Support Department, Romanian Bank