The Bank of India has signed Dimension Data to upgrade its network infrastructure.
The Bank saw the need for an agile network infrastructure that can improve operational and transactional efficiency as the bank expands its business.
"We needed an architecture that was scalable enough to accommodate the expansion of branches and to provide a robust and secure platform for the future application landscape and the IPV6 compliance network," said Pushpinder Singh, General Manager of IT, Bank of India.
The implementation plans would see the data centre network improvised to support 10G in the core allowing for higher compactness and more powerful servers. After the network overhaul, the performance and availability of the network would also improve substantially, as well as address the issue of scalability for the next 4,000 to 5,000 Bank of India branches.
In order to build sufficient network capacity to unleash the full potential of its core banking system, BoI decided to rope in Cisco Systems to audit their network infrastructure. Cisco also came up with a proof of concept to demonstrate and test the performance and capabilities of the new data centre architecture, which was vetted by BoI's core technical team and technology partner, HP.
Dimension Data worked closely with Cisco to find the right solution for BoI's problem and carried out proof of concept before full implementation of Cisco's solutions across the bank's data centre. "We had multiple consultation sessions with BoI and all the stakeholders and did a lot of handholding for over three months before we signed off on the implementation plan," said Raghuveer H. R., Director Sales, Dimension Data India.
"In addition to consultancy services, Dimension Data also created an implementation matrix for phased deployment together with methods on measuring the project's return on investment [ROI]. This matrix ensured that the network overhaul was implemented smoothly and in a timely fashion, to avoid any business impacts to BoI and its stakeholders," added Raghuveer.
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