In order to operate efficiently and safely the complex infrastructure owned at national level and to keep up with the digital transformation process of banking services, Raiffeisen Bank Romania decided last year to relocate the IT infrastructure to a new Data Center with multiple improvements compared to the present one. The relocation project also involved the modernization of the networking segment.
“In the old data center, we use Cisco switches from Nexus family, which are at the end of their operating cycle. Therefore, a change was needed, especially since we wanted to take advantage of a number of new features that simplify our operational tasks and allow us to integrate with third-party technologies, such as WMware vCenter or Red Hat OpenShift”, declares Emilian Dăneţ, Team Leader IT Communication Services, Raiffeisen Bank Romania.
Technological upgrades in the area of networking equipment, however, were also necessary in order to facilitate the transition to a new network architecture, such as Software Defined Networking (SDN). SDN ensures an efficiency increase for operating geographically distributed infrastructures – respectively of a network with hundreds of branches -, as well for levels of security and availability.
Raiffeisen Bank Romania opted for Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) because it is a mature SDN solution that allows extension of the visibility over the IT infrastructure and quick identification of elements necessary for optimal functioning of the applications.