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Infrastructure Migration and Consolidation

Industries:

  • Financial Services

Offering Groups:

  • IT Infrastructure

Solution Areas:

  • Financial Solutions

Regions:

  • Spain

Challenges:

  • Migrate towards a new technology and to reduce the complexity of the maintenance and integration of the current platform.

Benefits:

  • Simplification in user and resource management
  • Employee mobility
  • Platform security and stability
  • Reduction in administrative load
  • Homogenization of branch and central service platforms
  • Platform easily-adaptable to new technologies and equipment
  • Homogenization of the “single desktop” which optimizes employees’ work in a pleasant environment

Profil
A financial entity created to receive the economies from the province and to redirect them to promote the economic, commercial, business, social and cultural development of the Autonomous Region of La Rioja.

Business situation
Within the framework of an ongoing effort to draw closer to its customers by seeking to meet their financial needs via service and top quality, Caja Rioja aimed to improve communication and infrastructure resources, to reduce IT management costs and to focus these solutions towards state-of-the-art technology.

Solution description
Caja de Ahorros de La Rioja distributed Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server on a Fujitsu-Siemens server consolidation model which enabled the most important services of the more than 100 branches distributed throughout national territory to be centralized.

Architecture Used
Windows 2000 Directory Services, Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Office XP Professional, Fujitsu-Siemens Primergy P200 Servers.

Solution Design
Through its project management model geared towards financial entity solutions, Fujitsu España designed an architecture which enabled Caja Rioja to fulfill its two primary objectives: to migrate towards a new technology and to reduce the complexity of the maintenance and integration of the current platform.

Using a branch model based on OS/2 and Windows NT 4.0 servers, directory services were designed which were flexible and which boasted an architecture allowing the integration of the current platform. Consequently, the impact of the changeover process on end users was minimal.

The technological solution was based on Windows 2000 directory services (Active Directory) which, on a Fujitsu-Siemens Primergy server architecture, offered a service centralization, software management and secure Internet access model for all the Caja Rioja users.

Solution Status
The new platform was developed and implemented gradually integrating all the elements from the preceding architecture so that both systems could coexist throughout the entire process.

The users’ workstations were created on the basis of models defined by the customer depending on their requirements and through wholly automated processes, meaning that the equipment integrated in the platform was available in record time.

Finally, all the Primergy servers are equipped with failure tolerance architecture in their diverse components guaranteeing the stability of the global platform and the directory services in the face of any irregularity.

The platform solution implemented by Fujitsu will continue to play a pivotal role in meeting Caja Rioja’s needs as new applications and services are incorporated in the future. Using a design which is open and assessed to meet the customer’s needs, it will allow the easy integration of any solution which requires directory services as the basis for its architecture and execution.

The Benefits

  • Simplification in user and resource management
  • Employee mobility
  • Platform security and stability
  • Reduction in administrative load
  • Homogenization of branch and central service platforms
  • Platform easily-adaptable to new technologies and equipment
  • Homogenization of the “single desktop” which optimizes employees’ work in a pleasant environment

Final Implementation Model
All the infrastructure design models have currently been completed and the new platform has been deployed to the branches.

It was possible to integrate the more than 100 branches in the Windows 2000 directory services and in the new Internet access model.

It was also possible to consolidate the main services and applications in the headquarters and to successfully reduce the overall maintenance and management cost via the new functionalities integrated into the platform.

Finally, and with the support and direct collaboration of the Caja Rioja team, diverse additional solutions were implemented into the initial project enabling other benefits to be reaped, costs to be reduced and management functionalities to be increased. These are all objectives of the technological strategy of the Caja de Ahorros de La Rioja.

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