Bank of Utah simplifies data centers with integrated IBM solution

IBM Flex System solution helps bank save USD100,000 and reduce rack space and network connections

Published on 20 Jun 2013

"With Flex System, we feel data- and cloud-ready, and we now have a solid data recovery program. The system is centralized, secure and scalable, plus applications run faster. We can prepare for the future with a clear product roadmap." - Chris McIntyre, vice president of IT, Bank of Utah

Customer:
Bank of Utah

Industry:
Banking

Deployment country:
United States

Solution:
Flex System, Flex System x240, PureSystems

IBM Business Partner:
Ciber

Overview

A community bank headquartered in Ogden, Utah, Bank of Utah offers personal and business banking, home lending, trust management and investment services. With 13 full-service branches along the Wasatch Front, mortgage offices throughout Utah and a corporate trust team in Salt Lake City, the bank employs more than 300 people.

Business need:
Bank of Utah sought to refresh its server environment with an integrated, scalable and flexible solution.

Solution:
The bank engaged IBM and IBM Premier Business Partner Ciber to install an IBM® Flex System™ solution.

Benefits:
The bank saves USD100,000, reduces rack space by around 50 percent and decreases network connections by approximately 40 percent.

Case Study

A community bank headquartered in Ogden, Utah, Bank of Utah offers personal and business banking, home lending, trust management and investment services. With 13 full-service branches along the Wasatch Front, mortgage offices throughout Utah and a corporate trust team in Salt Lake City, the bank employs more than 300 people.

Challenge
As the banking and mortgage industries evolve, Bank of Utah manages an increasingly complex set of user requirements and business applications. Each day, the bank must quickly process 35,000 to 40,000 documents into an imaging system, putting pressure on its aging, insufficient storage and server infrastructure. In the event of a disaster, the overworked, 10-person IT team had to recover data manually, a burdensome task.

Bank of Utah sought to refresh its server environment with an integrated, scalable and flexible solution that offers a simplified user interface and better disaster recovery. In addition, the bank needed a solution that would be resilient, security-rich and able to quickly adapt to new business demands. Finally, to avoid outages, the bank sought a nondisruptive migration.

Solution
Bank of Utah engaged IBM and IBM Premier Business Partner Ciber to install four IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis, each outfitted with 13 IBM Flex System x240 compute nodes and IBM PCI Expansion Nodes. After the initial planning, Ciber provided solution assurance, technical and delivery assessment review and implementation support.

Bank of Utah chose an IBM Flex System solution because it provides a consolidated footprint and flexibility in the bank’s data centers, helping employees move applications when or where needed. Impressed with the system’s interoperability and ability to connect new and existing storage area networks (SANs), the bank completed 85 percent of its migrations within two days. The migrations were so smooth that most users didn’t notice the transition.

The solution significantly reduces network traffic because network connectivity stays within the four IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis without hitting the core. By consolidating servers and networking into one integrated infrastructure, Bank of Utah improves system response time, especially when detecting and reporting potential fraud incidents. Chris McIntyre, vice president of IT for Bank of Utah, says: “With Flex System, we feel data- and cloud-ready, and we now have a solid data-recovery program. The system is centralized, secure and scalable, plus applications run faster. We can prepare for the future with a clear product roadmap.”

Benefits
· Integrates into the existing infrastructure and avoids an upgrade to the core network, saving USD100,000
· Reduces the amount of rack space and required energy by approximately 50 percent as a result of the consolidated footprint
· Decreases the total number of necessary network connections by around 40 percent because of infrastructure integration

For more information
To learn more about IBM PureSystems offerings, please contact your IBM marketing representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit the following website: ibm.com/puresystems.

Components

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

Hardware:
Flex System, Flex System x240

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