Eastern Networks offers Data Replication solution to Swift users

Eastern Networks will provide its customers with a High Availability/Data Replication (HA/DR) solution to ensure that a safe and reliable copy of the SWIFTAlliance database is always available in the event of a disaster.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  April 23, 2003

Eastern Networks will be providing banks in the UAE, Qatar, Pakistan and Jordan with a High Availability/Data Replication (HA/DR) solution, aimed at ensuring that a safe and reliable copy of the SWIFTAlliance database is always available in the event of a disaster. Eastern Networks has selected software based on Legato’s Co-Standby and Octopus for SWIFTAlliance users.

“The impact on a bank’s business if SWIFTAlliance becomes unavailable is often severe. A solution such as the one we are proposing protects the business by mirroring the SWIFTAlliance application and data from the production machine to a standby server,” says Hazem Mulhim, CEO of Eastern Networks. “In the event of the production server or the SWIFTAlliance application becoming unavailable, the Legato-based software will enable the banks to continue operating because they have prepared for the unforeseen. The real time mirroring technology provided in this solution ensures that whatever data exists on the production server will exist on the standby server, thus ensuring data integrity,” he added.

High-Availability, which has traditionally been provided through expensive, fault-tolerant hardware requires expertise to implement and manage. Eastern Networks claims that the solution it recommends will be cost-effective and simple to deploy for banks while it also requires no changes to the application, no clustering software and no additional specialised hardware.

Moreover, In the event of a failure, the system will be fully operational within five minutes. “We all hope that disaster will never strike, particularly when it involves mission critical applications such as SWIFTAlliance. However, if the worst should happen, it would be reassuring to know that even in the event of a complete site failure, a safe and reliable copy of your SWIFTAlliance database is available for immediate use,” adds Mulhim.

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