news IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 will be a key infrastructure component for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, forming an underlying foundation for the ongoing development and delivery of customer-focused business applications, according to an announcement by IBM yesterday.
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, which owns and operates Bendigo Bank, Adelaide Bank, Sandhurst Trustees, Leveraged Equities, Bendigo Wealth, Rural Bank and Oxford Funding among others, is the first Australian organisation that will deploy the recently announced XIV Gen3 disk storage systems.
IBM claims that IBM XIV is a proven high-end disk storage system designed to eliminate storage management complexity and deliver high performance. The company asserts that the Gen3 models are optimised for cloud computing and virtualisation, and will provide the bank with ample room for service expansion in the near future without the economic and environmental costs of extra hardware.
The two XIV Gen3 units to be deployed will be part of a set of upgrades, which includes new IBM SAN Volumes Controller nodes, to improve capacity for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s customer service operations. The storage systems will support file/print applications, Exchange, SQL databases and backup and recovery applications. The upgrades are also expected to address the issue of steady increase in IO load and storage server CPU utilisation with deployment of new customer applications.
“The new IBM XIV Gen3 units will provide us with the capacity to deliver and maintain significant performance improvements as our storage utilisation grows, without storage issues. We expect to see considerable benefits, including improved and consistent application response times,” said Greg Smith, Storage Team Leader at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. “Our objective is to be the number one customer-connected bank in Australia. The main thrust of application development has been around knowing and understanding customers better, and delivering applications which provide better services to them.”
He added, “We’re able to consolidate our storage requirements into a smaller number of controllers on the floor. The IBM XIV Gen3s will ensure performance improvements in our applications, allowing us to provision storage quickly so that the bank can continue to grow, within its current data centre footprint.”
All praise for the “seamless installation process” which would allow them to “leverage the new infrastructure well before the peak Christmas period,” Smith gave credit for this to the ongoing relationship between Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, IBM and ISI. ISI, an IBM business partner, is an Australia owned and operated IT solutions provider that is working on the implementation.