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China bank secures data centre with Juniper Networks

Veronica C. Silva | Oct. 8, 2013
Commercial bank required upgrading to meet customer demands and stay competitive.

One of China’s commercial banks has recently set up a secure data centre to be able to introduce new core business systems to meet its customers’ requirements. 

China Minsheng Banking Corporation (CMBC), a commercial bank catering to non-government customers, said it has set up the data centre to distinguish itself from competition and to deliver maximum value for their customers and investors. 

To secure the data centre, the bank chose Juniper Networks’ SRX Series Gateways as the bank’s primary security gateway platform. Aside from securing the data centre, the Juniper solutions also secure the bank’s Internet, extranet and intranet gateways, consistent with the bank’s security policies across all data centre touch points. 

Juniper said its SRX gateways, particularly the SRX5600 and SRX3600 deployed in CMBC, offer high availability of up to 99.999 percent for critical points in the network. 

Juniper said the bank needed a next-generation security platform for its data centre and the SRX Services Gateways can deliver up to 100 Gbps of firewall throughput. This capability allows the bank “to scale its security in line with data centre demand.” 

IT infrastructure 

With CMBC’s customer base that includes high-net-worth retail customers, aside from small-to-medium enterprises and non-state-owned firms, the bank is confident that its IT infrastructure can live up to market demands. 

"China’s banking industry is extremely competitive. To ensure customer loyalty and to stay ahead of the competition, we need to ensure we have a strong IT infrastructure, which is supported by our new data centre. With the new data centre network in operation, we can securely scale throughput to terabit levels thanks to the Juniper Networks SRX platform,” said Xie Da Peng, director, data centre operation department, China Minsheng Bank. 

The bank’s security infrastructure runs on the Juniper Networks Junos operating system, which allows the bank to deploy configurations that allow for new services. The bank said this feature allows the bank to quickly make changes to its business offerings in response to customer demands. 

Henry Zhu, operation area leader, Greater China Enterprise, Juniper Networks, said that with China Minsheng Bank positioning itself as a lead player in the country’s banking sector, such security and availability features can help the bank achieve its business goals. 

“We have worked closely with the bank to build a network flexible enough to meet its evolving needs while delivering the speed, reliability and security that its customers demand,” added Zhu.  

 

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