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Arab Bank has appointed United Computer and Management Consultancy (UCMC), the Dubai operation of Gulf Business Machines (GBM), to implement a business disaster recovery solution for its core banking operations across the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Yemen.

Arab Bank has appointed United Computer and Management Consultancy (UCMC), the Dubai operation of Gulf Business Machines (GBM), to implement a business disaster recovery solution for its core banking operations across the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Yemen.

The solution is expected to go live in August and entails consolidating the bank’s IBM eServer iSeries country servers into one IBM eServer iSeries i825 model in the UAE. Each country will run its operations from independent Logical Partitions (LPARs) on this server.

Similarly, another iSeries i825 will be located at the disaster recovery site and will be connected using the MIMIX High Availability solution for data replication and disaster recovery of the bank’s Misys Equation core banking application & other AS/400 platform applications and services.

“The solution is being implemented in two phases. The first includes consolidating the bank’s IT related business processes and its data centres in Qatar, Bahrain and Yemen with the one in the UAE using a disaster recovery strategy. The second phase includes introducing the bank’s IT operations in other countries in the Middle East and the region,” says Ghassan Nimer, IT regional manager for Gulf & Yemen, Arab Bank.

Because the solution will be centralised, it will enable the IT team to control access to data and all the activities, including rectifying any problems and it will allowing information to be updated from one single location.

Currently, Arab Bank’s IT environment is based on the Misys Equation core banking solution which runs on IBM AS/400 servers in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Yemen.

“It has always been expensive to manage and maintain our many data centres in the Gulf & Yemen region. This solution will address this issue. In addition, this consolidation will also have a positive impact on our customers and shareholders through improved IT services, higher availability of banking channels, and a reduction in the bank’s operating expenses,” says Majed A Rahim, IT global head, Arab Bank.

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