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Union National Bank (UNB) has signed a major contract with STME to implement a consolidated networked storage infrastructure across the bank's 26 locations. The Abu Dhabi bank is also embarking on a disaster recovery strategy that will remotely mirror data between two locations.

Union National Bank (UNB) has signed a major contract with STME to implement a consolidated networked storage infrastructure across the bank's 26 locations. The Abu Dhabi head quartered bank is also embarking on a disaster recovery strategy that will utilise EMC software to remotely mirror data between two locations.

“The steady growth of many mission-critical systems, online banking, card management and more data going online, we required more capacity, higher data availability and better performance,” explains Adel Helal, head of IT division, UNB.

UNB believes with the new implementation, it will protect customer data from its main data centre or from its disaster recovery site any time. In the next five months, the 22-year old bank plans to consolidate all databases across its 26 branch locations in the UAE.

“The expanded connectivity and scalability of EMC Symmetrix DMX and the development of advanced methods to store and retrieve data from the main data centre or through the direct online connectivity will help us facilitate aggressive server consolidation,” adds Helal.

The bank has also chosen StorageTek and Veritas for tape automation and storage management software. UNB says with the new enterprise backup solution in place, it can store all transactional data and handle them across Unix and Windows environments.

“The bank’s strategy to invest in the storage infrastructure and enterprise backup solution reveals its commitment to protecting its customers’ data and provides faster recovery ensuring business continuity”, adds Andrew Calthorpe, senior corporate vice president, STME.

The storage initiative falls in line with bank's adoption of the Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (COBIT) governance model recently. The bank says compliance with the model ensures that all technology systems in the bank meet the planning, implementation, support and security requirements practiced by international banks.

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