OAB protects against downtime

OAB has rolled out a disaster recovery infrastructure that will not only protect it against downtime, but also act as its core-banking network.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  January 20, 2004

Oman Arab Bank (OAB) has rolled out a disaster recovery infrastructure that will not only protect the finance house against unplanned downtime, but also act as its core-banking network over which it can run both its existing and future applications. Comprising a customised local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) stacked with Cisco products and a number of IBM servers, the solution has removed any single point of failure for the finance house and ensured OAB’s 500-plus users can access the information they require to service customers more effectively. The phased implementation of OAB’s new network and hardware environment was carried out by Gulf Business Machines (GBM). The first stage involved the installation of the intelligent LAN at OAB’s head office, while the second saw the creation of the WAN to connect the bank’s branches. When both elements of the network were complete, they were tightly integrated with the IBM iSeries and xSeries servers to facilitate its disaster recovery and fail over capabilities. Although OAB has yet to experience a disaster, it knows its infrastructure is capable of accommodating any unplanned downtime as it has already carried out two live disaster recovery executions with GBM. “We have done two tests so far and it [the solution] worked on both occasions. We even carried out one test at a peak time and the switch over for the application, the servers and so on was just 15 seconds,” says Hassan Abdel-Ali, IT consultant to the CEO at OAB.

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