Dexia Technology Services simplifies its responsibilities and cuts IT costs while improving the level of service it can offer.

Published on 26-Sep-2008

"Thanks to the help we got from IBM Global Technology Services, we’ve been able to deploy a reliable, flexible optical network. It’s the key enabler for reducing the number of data centers we maintain while improving overall value and capabilities." - Dexia Technology Services

Customer:
Dexia Technology Services

Industry:
Banking

Deployment country:
Luxembourg

Solution:
Business-to-Business, Networking, Next Generation Networks, Optimizing IT

IBM Business Partner:
Cisco

Overview

Dexia Technology Services is an IT services provider that focuses its efforts on supporting Dexia Group companies. Dexia Group is a major financial services organization, ranking as one of the top 20 financial firms in Europe.

Business need:
Dexia Technology Services wanted to consolidate the sites. However, since these data centers supported the financial operations of a major European bank, the IT firm needed this consolidation and migration to occur with zero interruption to system availability.

Solution:
Dexia Technology Services teamed with local service provider P&T Luxembourg and IBM Global Technology Services under an integrated communications services contract to consolidate the company’s IT operations to two facilities.

Benefits:
- Enables the consolidation of four data centers to two, achieving a cost reduction for equipment and operations - Improves scalability and lowers provisioning time for optical connections from weeks to minutes, improving staff productivity - Increases system availability, securing a flexible architecture able to weather most unplanned system outages

Case Study

Dexia Technology Services
Luxembourg
www.dexia.com

Industry

  • Banking

Products
  • IBM System z
  • ONS 15454 MSTP from Cisco Systems

Dexia Technology Services is an IT services provider that focuses its efforts on supporting Dexia Group companies. Dexia Group is a major financial services organization, ranking as one of the top 20 financial firms in Europe.

Challenge
To serve the IT needs of Dexia Group companies, Dexia Technology Services had established a total of four data centers spread across Brussels, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Maintaining these four sites was proving to be expensive, as the distances between the data centers were not aligned to the current best-practices within the financial services sector.

Dexia Technology Services wanted to consolidate the sites. However, since these data centers supported the financial operations of a major European bank, the IT firm needed this consolidation and migration to occur with zero interruption to system availability.

Solution
Dexia Technology Services teamed with local service provider P&T Luxembourg and IBM Global Technology Services under an integrated communications services contract to consolidate the company’s IT operations to two facilities. The two sites, spaced 17 km apart, are both located in Luxembourg.

To provide high-capacity and high-availability communications capabilities between the two locations, the IBM team deployed an optical network based on the Multiservice Transport Platform from Cisco Systems, Inc. Part of the solution was the deployment of a Parallel Sysplex between the IBM System z™ mainframes in both locations, offering redundant data synchronization to protect key client information.

Benefits
- Enables the consolidation of four data centers to two, achieving a cost reduction for equipment and operations
- Improves scalability and lowers provisioning time for optical connections from weeks to minutes, improving staff productivity
- Increases system availability, securing a flexible architecture able to weather most unplanned system outages

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Hardware:
System z

Service:
GTS ITS Integrated Communications: Network Integration, GTS ITS Integrated Communications: Networking Strategy & Opt., GTS Enterprise Services

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