Given its network of branches located in diverse areas, Bank found that many branches were using some custom applications. Bank wanted to ensure that the same software application is used at all branches so that it is able to provide prompt and accurate customer services across branches. At the same time, it wanted a technology solution that will allow for high-availability with seamless, transparent application fail-over and minimal downtime. In addition, there was the need for real-time synchronous data replication from production database to MIS system with MIS reporting on end of day and automated backup. The Production hardware was also not to the industry standard and had to be upgraded with SAN and Backup environment. The bank also intended to built the DR site. The hardware manageability at various remote branches was also a difficult task.
Bank, therefore, implemented the core banking
solution with the association of C-DOT using
state-of-the-art technology at 50 branches.
This centralized database system enabled the
customer to avail of any branch banking amongst
the network branches.
The bank also set up its own data center at Pune, which is the first ISO-27001, certified Data Center in India that's owned by a co-operative bank.
The Bank Production Server environment was setup on IBM X3850 Servers along with V3700 Storage on SAN environment and IBM tape Library.
The Bank also established the DR site @upcountry location in Maharashtra with IBM Server, Storage and Tape Library and is completely functional for more then 7 years.
The Core Banking Solution is based on Linux – DB2 technology that is a first in the banking sector. The bank is also using IBM DB2 High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HADR), SQL Replication and Tivoli System Automation. C-DOT Played a major role is setting up the complete DC & DR hardware setup right from IBM Hardware, Linux OS and DB2 database. C-DOTalso helped Bank setup RTGS, NEFT, NDS, CTS etc application on IBM hardware, Web sphere and Oracle software. The same was executed seamlessly and as per RBI guidelines. The complete setup is fully functional and bank is completely satisfied.
C-DOT also delviered thincients along with Servers, laptops and desktops at all their branches. This helped them manageablity at remote locations cost effectivly and timely.
This solution (Hardware & Database) has greatly reduced the downtime in case of a hardware/database failure and has helped the bank in providing uninterrupted service to its clients. SQL Replication has ensured that the MIS data used in the EOD reports are up to date without resorting to tedious backup and restore methods used before for populating the MIS database. It is also the first bank in India to share its Data Centre with other Banks.