Software boost for Bahrain bank
Manama, January 5, 2011
Microsoft announced that the Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB) had successfully reduced its carbon footprint after opting for Microsoft virtualisation software.
The two-month implementation of the new solution, which had also now resulted in substantial savings, resulted in immediate benefits for the bank, said Microsoft Bahrain and Oman regional country manager Tareq Hijazi.
'Virtualising the servers will enable significant savings for the bank in hardware costs alone, while the energy needs of running the data centre will be reduced by 40 per cent, bringing even greater savings,' he said.
'The bank is actively moving in this direction and we are proud to be their technological partner of choice in facilitating their quest for innovation.'
'We needed a robust and reliable virtualisation solution that would support our increased application needs and the expansion of our retail base,' BisB information technology acting assistant general manager Hassan Abu-Hassan said.
He added the bank also wanted to add new modules to its existing core banking application, while the information technology department wanted to establish a dedicated test environment.
'We came to the conclusion that we had to rapidly look for an alternative solution whereby we could reduce the number of physical servers to cut the time taken to prepare new servers.
'Microsoft Hyper-V provided that functionality, in a solution that would also save space and drastically reduce our power and energy consumption,' he added.
He said the new technology had dramatically increased the number of virtual servers available, giving flexibility to support new applications and provide a robust testing environment.
Microsoft Bahrain enterprise sector manager Adam Tamam said the software is the ideal product for information technology managers in the finance and banking industry who need robust, reliable virtualisation technology to support their critical applications.
'We have worked closely with the BisB team over the past few months to ensure that they achieve the maximum benefit out of the deployment'.-TradeArabia News Service