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National Bank of Abu Dhabi Deploys PRIMERGY Servers

"It used to take us over six weeks to deploy new services; now we can do it in a single day. That clearly makes for a more efficient business and enables us to react more quickly to market changes and demands. The new virtualized environment is making us more agile, more productive and more innovative while reducing costs"

Hossam Elkobrosy, Head of IT Infrastructure, NBAD

The customer

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has one of the largest networks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with an expanding network of 125 branches and cash offices and more than 585 ATMs across the country. Its growing international network consists of over 60 branches and offices in 17 countries stretching across five continents from the Far East to the Americas, giving it the largest global network among all UAE banks. Since 2009, NBAD has been ranked one of the World’s 50 Safest Banks by the prestigious Global Finance magazine, the safest bank in the Middle East and the safest bank in the Emerging Markets.

The challenge

In order to cope with expansion rates of 25 percent, NBAD needed a new data center solution that would reduce energy, space and cooling requirements while improving performance.

The solution

The company partnered with Fujitsu to deploy 62 blade servers hosting over 800 virtual servers on VMware and delivering applications to over 6,000 staff across the Middle East.

The benefit

  • Temperature has been reduced by five degrees in the data center, making cooling less of an issue
  • The total power load has decreased by 25 percent, saving money and lowering the environmental impact of the data center
  • NBAD has gained 20 percent more space, giving it room to expand
  • System utilization has increased from 6 to 45 percent, making the data center more efficient
  • Performance has been improved and downtime reduced to a minimum each year

Products and services

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