NBAD worked with Japanese company Fujitsu to deploy PRIMERGY servers hosting 800 virtualized servers on VMware, Datacenterdynamics has reported. With a continuing high rate of expansion NBAD’s head of IT infrastructure Hossam Elkobrosy said the banks existing IT architecture couldn’t support its applications and services. The bank has 34 Fujitsu BX900 and BX924 servers in production and a further 28 in disaster recovery. According to Elkobrosy most banks only virtualize 50% of their servers as some applications and services do not ‘lend themselves’ to virtualization.“We have managed to migrate 80% to a virtual environment, reducing the overall complexity while increasing availability,” Elkobrosy said. Since migrating from its physical server environment to an 80% virtualized platform NBAD has witnessed several benefits.
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