CBD prepares for Cisco implementation

Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD) is set to rollout the next phase of its Dhs 36.7 million IT upgrade project with the deployment of a Cisco network in its new corporate headquarters next month.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  December 23, 2002

Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD) is set to rollout the next phase of its Dhs 36.7 million IT upgrade project with the deployment of a Cisco network infrastructure in its new corporate headquarters this month. The data network will offer the financial institution a more robust and reliable solution over which it can run its banking applications and customers services such as mobile & internet banking, call centre and ATMs.

“The network allows us to become more efficient. It is more reliable and will help us to reduce our downtime, as well as predict and give early warning about any potential network problems,” says Asem Fikree, manager of e-banking systems, information technology department, CBD.

The network will also provide a greater degree of control for the bank’s network administrators, improving monitoring and traffic prioritisation and enabling them to respond more easily to changes in network demands. “It [the Cisco solution] gives us more information about our network traffic, so we can predict future bandwidth and utilise it better,” confirms Fikree.

The project, which will be carried out in conjunction with Cisco’s partner, Computer Network Services (CNS), involves the implementation of both local area and wide area networks, as well as the installation of a wireless infrastructure in selected locations.

The network has been configured with Cisco’s Catalyst 6509 switches at the core, a mix of Catalyst 3524 XL and 2650 models distributing traffic to the edge and virtual networking capabilities to enhance user flexibility. Each floor houses two switches that are connected to the communications centre on the third floor and supported via a fibre backbone. Additionally, CBD has deployed Cisco’s 7206 and 3662 series routers.

“We are going to be using virtual networking and the floors have been networked in such a way that it doesn’t matter where a desk is [situated] we are not limited by the number of points or the points location — any place you want to put a desk we can give connectivity to — it is called zone networking,” says Fikree.

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