EastWest Bank at the crossroad as it installs HP private cloud

9 July 2013

The EastWest Bank in the Philippines has selected HP Converged Infrastructure to build a private cloud that it says is already it to cut costs and make IT operations at the bank more efficient.

The driver for the private cloud initiative is EastWest’s aging legacy computer estate and a six-hour overnight batch processing solution that was increasingly antiquated.

Two HP 3PAR StoreServ T400 storage systems have been installed at the bank, with one operational in its main data centre and another providing disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities at EastWest’s back-up site. HP ProLiant DL360 servers are driving the private cloud storage capacity and everyday bank operations.

The new infrastructure has reduced the overnight batch processing time by 40% and backing up bank data now only takes one hour as opposed to four. HP won the contract ahead of IBM and EMC.

Commenting on the now live project, Randy Evangelista, head of IT at EastWest Bank, said: "Our previous system didn't give us enough flexibility to meet our daily business needs; the infrastructure was limiting because we were unable to allocate storage between systems.

"By implementing HP Converged Infrastructure, we've taken an important step towards building a private cloud and delivering a dynamic and flexible IT environment,” he continued, concluding that the new IT estate will also be able to keep pace with future business and technology demands.

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