BSF rolls out SAN to enhance data management

The storage area network (SAN) was implemented by STME and consists of StorageTek tape libraries and Veritas’ management software.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  November 9, 2002

Al Bank Al Saudi Al Fransi (BSF) has enhanced the management of its business data with the deployment of a centralised backup system for its head office and disaster recovery centre.

The banks’ storage area network (SAN), which was implemented by STME, consists of StorageTek automated tape libraries and Veritas’ management software.

“BSF’s storage strategy has been created to meet specific business objectives, including the automation of our backup management and a reduction in the cost of managing the bank’s key data,” says Hashem Al-Alawi, BSF’s project manager for the centralised backup system.

“BSF’s system will keep our business applications running smoothly while providing long term investment protection for our IT infrastructure. Because reliable information access is so critical to BSF’s continued market success, we selected STME, Veritas and StorageTek as technology partners for this project based on their enterprise storage focus and commitment to the region,” adds Al-Alawi.

The bank’s SAN strategy achieves a number of goals for BSF, including backup automation of the bank’s Unix and NT platforms, minimising application interruption through online backup, and more centralised management of BSF’s entire backup environment.

STME provided the design, implementation, training and support services for the BSF backup infrastructure deployment. The Veritas’ NetBackup DataCenter enables BSF to centrally manage all aspects of its data backup and recovery operations.

“Robust, efficient data backup management is becoming a critical factor for financial institutions that want to increase their competitive advantage. BSF now has a clear backup strategy in place that can rapidly scale upwards as the bank’s data increases,” commented Andrew Calthorpe, senior corporate vice president at STME.

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