ADCB overhauls its hardware

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank has signed up for a range of IBM infrastructure offerings as it prepares to overhaul its core banking system.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  April 1, 2004

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) has signed up for a range of IBM infrastructure offerings as it prepares to overhaul its core banking system and implement i-flex solutions’ Flexcube application. Working in conjunction with Gulf Business Machines (GBM), the UAE finance house will deploy IBM’s eServer pSeries servers in its production environment. These will be loaded with the AIX operating system and configured using IBM High Availability (HACMP). The servers will not only run the bank’s new core banking system but will also ensure users get access to it 24x7. “The hardware aspect of this solution will be implemented by the end of 2004 as part of our core banking software implementation and it will be used by up to a thousand of our staff at our 37 local branches,” says Steven Dickens, chief operations officer at ADCB. In addition to rolling out the Big Blue servers, ADCB also intends to deploy a storage area network (SAN) based on IBM’s FastT offering. This will not only provide the storage required by the bank but also allow it to consolidate its storage environment. Once all the IBM hardware is in place, ADCB plans to roll out IBM’s WebSphere middleware. This will enable the bank to integrate its banking applications and web-enable them to extend easy access to its branches and, potentially, its customers.

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