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Posted: 9/13/2012
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National Bank of Egypt Bank Improves the Availability of its Products and Services through Cloud Computing

"Implementing Windows Server 2012 will be a powerful enabler, ensuring that the bank will be well-positioned to use the latest cloud technology and help us build the right infrastructure. Making our products and services more available to our customers will definitely add value to the bank.”
Ahmed Rashad, Systems Technical Support Director, NBE

 

Business Needs

With over 300 branches nationwide, the National Bank of Egypt provides a diverse portfolio of services and products to its national and international customers. The bank has also assumed a significant role in the national economy by supporting a number of strategic economic sectors such as oil, energy and tourism.

The bank’s board of directors recognizes the importance of IT as a business enabler that will help the financial institution meet its present and future strategies and goals. One of the areas that needed improvement was the bank’s IT infrastructure. The bank’s IT  department wanted to take advantage of the benefits of using cloud computing in the business.

They needed a virtualization solution that would:

        • be highly flexible, scalable and cost-effective

        • provide more efficient storage and migration capabilities

        • be easy to maintain

        • make use of the bank’s existing IT infrastructure

Solution

In order to ensure that there was a proper fit with the needs of the business, the bank’s implementing partner OMS, as well as the bank’s IT department tested the new features of Windows Server 2012.

Ahmed Rashad, Systems Technical Support Director, believes that this initiative will be highly beneficial for the bank.

“Implementing Windows Server 2012 will be a powerful enabler, ensuring that the bank will be well-positioned to use the latest cloud technology and help us build the right infrastructure. Making our products and services more available to our customers will definitely add value to the bank.”

Some of the scenarios that were tested involved:

        • Server Manager (improved remote capabilities across servers and workloads)

        • Failover Clustering (improved file server availability)

        • Hyper-V Live Migration (ability to move entire banks of VMs simultaneously)

        • NIC Teaming (lets multiple network interfaces work together as a team)

Benefits

        • improved server performance

        • reduction of IT costs

        • a highly scalable virtualization infrastructure

        • minimize downtime for critical services

        • ability to move VMs and storage with no downtime

        • improved availability of clustered workloads

        • easy to manage IT infrastructure

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Solution Overview



Organization Size: 16000 employees

Organization Profile

The National Bank of Egypt (NBE) is ranked 226th among the world's 1,000 banks based on total assets ahead of all Egyptian banks and fifth among its Arab peers. Its headquarters is based in Cairo.


Software and Services
  • Windows Server
  • Windows Server 2012

Vertical Industries
Financial Services

Country/Region
Egypt

Languages
English

Partner(s)
OMS

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