Standard Bank Group
The Standard Bank Group staff grows by an average of 20 percent annually, partly from acquisitions. Although great for business, those acquisitions have resulted in a decentralized, less consistent IT infrastructure In 2007, Standard Bank restructured its IT department from a country-based IT group to one with a global mandate. This group designed the "Next Generation Network" topology, which is a global network based on Cisco, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, and other Microsoft server products. As part of its phased approach to implementing that design, the bank is decommissioning all servers running Windows NT 4.0 and moving those services to Windows Server 2003. It is also migrating all servers running Exchange Server 5.5 to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Once those tasks were well under way, toward the end of 2007, the global IT group began to develop scenarios for testing Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Exchange Server 2007 Enterprise Edition. In early 2008, Standard Bank plans to test Windows Server 2008 in two scenarios: Branch management and security.
Later in 2008, Standard Bank plans to evaluate additional Windows Server 2008 functionality. The bank will test Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, the built-in virtualization technology, to reduce the number of physical servers required to run bank operations and to expedite the development of new services. It will also take advantage of improvements to failover clustering to increase reliability and availability. And the bank will evaluate Terminal Services for remote management and application service provisioning. Expected benefits are improved security, increased productivity, reduced cost of ownership and increased uptime.