Mashreq bank undertakes million dollar storage upgrade

The upgrade will enhance the bank's business continuity capabilities and ensure data safety in the event of unplanned downtime.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  June 24, 2003

Mashreq Bank has recently signed a multi-million dirham deal with EMC to upgrade its storage infrastructure. The upgrade will include linking all of the bank’s sites to improve its business continuity capabilities and ensure data safety in the event of unplanned downtime.

“Mashreq Bank has set an example for regional enterprises in creating its storage infrastructure. First, they’ve created a manageable, scalable environment that can be administered centrally and cost-effectively, rather than making smaller, one-off storage decisions,” says Mohammed Amin, regional manager, EMC Middle East. “Secondly, while many companies in the region may have a disaster recovery policy in place, Mashreq is regularly and exhaustively testing its plans to ensure that it has full business continuance should unplanned downtime occur. That commitment gives both the bank and its customers greater peace-of-mind,” adds Amin.

As part of its storage area network, Mashreq Bank has deployed two EMC Symmetrix 8530 systems – one each at its production and disaster recovery sites. The two systems mirror information by means of EMC’s Symmetrix Remote Data Facility software, and are further supported by EMC’s TimeFinder, PowerPath, Symmetrix Optimizer, and ControlCenter storage management software solutions.

With the new solution, the bank claims to have reduced the downtime taken for backing up its data from three hours to less than two minutes. “The open nature of EMC’s solutions mean that we can fully leverage our investment across different storage platforms and manage the entire information infrastructure in a better, more cost effective way,” says Mohamed Fouz, CEO of Mindscape. Mashreq Bank has outsourced the management of its IT infrastructure to Mindscape.

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