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KCB BANK EMC VMAX 100K

KCB BANK EMC VMAX 100K

A Recent Success

Challenges

  • Performance Issues
  • Need to improve efficiency of storage resource administration to handle an increased virtualized environmen
  • Big Bank-Need to do more with less.

solution

  • EMC VMAX 100k

Results

  • Scalability for growt
  • Increased performance and reliability
  • Faster Delivery of services

KCB BANK VMAX SOLUTION

KCB is the largest bank in Kenya by assets and market capitalization specializing in commercial banking services. It was started in 1896 when its parent company, KCB Group was formed as a branch of the National Bank of India in Mombasa. KCB Bank as we know it was incorporated in 2015 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the KCB Group. Due to their tremendous business growth, the bank has a developed a need to increase their data requirements as part of their business case.

The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art” –John Lasseter

SCALABILITY FOR GROWTH

Scalability is essential to meet the dynamic growth rates of the bank. The bank’s database is growing rapidly. VMAX ability to quickly scale up to meet the growing data needs is key towards the bank’s efficiency.

INCREASED PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY

KCB uses EMC VMAX with SRDF to ensure efficient data replication between the VMAX PR and VMAX DR. The active-active functionality improves performance and reliability by ensuring accurate replication and higher performance levels.

FASTER DELIVERY OF SERVICES

Provisioning of resoures and delivering of new services is now easier. This includes applications with high I/O requirements like T24 core banking and all oother channle banking applications hence meeting business demands.

FAMILY BANK’S JOURNEY TO A MODERN  DATA CENTER

FAMILY BANK’S JOURNEY TO A MODERN DATA CENTER

Overview

Established in 1984 as Family Finance Building Society, Family Bank Limited is now ranked as the fifth largest bank by branch network, valued at USD 812.7 million as of by December 2015. With slightly over 87 branches, the bank also holds USD 119 million in shareholder’s equity (Mutegi ,2016).

About 2.5 billion gigabytes of data is generated daily globally, with an unquantifiable amount of this data generated mostly from daily financial transactions using various platforms such as mobile money, ATM and online banking.

Historically data was collected and stored through repeated vigorous processes, but the demand for simultaneous collection and access has become the challenge for most organizations.

The need to have quick access to centralized data and legacy storage systems are inefficient and speedily obsolete. The issue of security of this data also needs to be considered as per the Data Protection Bill (2013) legislated in Kenya. Therefore a solution that incorporates both capacity for high volume data collection, quick retrieval with minimum latency and security is a necessity for financial institutions.

The Family Bank Limited Data Storage Problem

Using legacy brand data storage which had issues of slow processing also on auto-support and with the intention of incorporating a hypervisor into their storage environment, Family Bank Limited started their journey of upgrading their storage environment through the assistance of Gestalt Gild Limited’s data storage team.

compare_vnx5800EMC VNX 5800 Storage Solution with RecoverPoint

Designed for midtier-to-enterprise storage environments, the EMC VNX series implements a modular architecture that integrates hardware components for block, file and object with concurrent support for native NAS, iSCSi, Fiber Channel and FCoE protocols.

The series also provides flexible connectivity options via UltraFlex IO modules for both the File data movers for NAS connectivity and the block storage processor for FC iSCSi host connectivity.

The intelligent use of Flash, coupled with linear scalability allowed Family Bank Limited to right-size their infrastructure. This, with further research can prove to reduce costs and ongoing costs on their data center environment as clearly highbred flash storage systems offer unmatched scalability, agility and efficiency capabilities for a business looking to consolidate their IT infrastructure.

A proven case has shown the VNX 5800 storage solution, configured with FAST VP and FAST Cache to manage SSD and tiering allowed businesses to reduce latency to a measurement of 2ms.

RecoverPoint on the other hand, is a continuous data protection solution with multiple recovery points offered by EMC that supports asynchronous and synchronous data replication of block based storage.

Gestalt Gild Hosts Blood Donation Drive

Gestalt Gild Hosts Blood Donation Drive

Gestalt Gild Hosts Blood Donation Drive

Gestalt Gild, hosted a CSR drive on April 9, 2016 which saw its staff, clientele, partners and members from the Kusi Lane neighborhood donate blood. The blood donation camp was done through consultations with Kenya Red Cross. The blood donation drives will be done 3 times in a year.

“We felt that it was necessary to do something for the society which will have a long-term effect. Kenya has an acute blood shortage and there is never enough blood in the blood bank. Hence, we would like to have these camps running every six months and build a culture of blood donation; so that people become regular blood donors and we don’t get into situations where we start looking for blood when there is an emergency. Through this, we will be able to save many lives and give back to the society,”

Chase Bank Save a Mom Foundation Walk

Chase Bank Save a Mom Foundation Walk

Gestalt Gild participated in Chase Bank’s walk foundation as part of our company CSR. By partnering with Chase bank for this particular walk, which is aimed at saving the lives of thousands of women and children, Gestalt Gild was able to take part in drawing attention to the plight of African mothers and to mobilize support across the world to ensure that mothers get the basic medical care they need during pregnancy and childbirth.

UNIFIED COMMUNICATION PARTNER OF THE YEAR 2014

UNIFIED COMMUNICATION PARTNER OF THE YEAR 2014

Client Name: –STANBIC BANK TANZANIA
Stanbic required a unified centralized contact interaction to manage the bank’s current and potential customers base to realize mainly the following business objectives:

  1. Increase customer and staff satisfaction
  2. Improve operational efficiency, service delivery, productivity and effectiveness
  3. Build profitable relationships with customers
  4. Improve communications with customers e.g. unified customer experience
  5. Accelerate business growth through new customers, customer retention and optimizing on business opportunities.

Stanbic Bank of Tanzania had an existing Avaya Definity system which was upgraded to the latest hardware and software release. The following was implemented respectively:
Tanzania Head Office

  • Avaya MES S8800 Communication Manager 6 release with redundant server
  • Avaya Aura Contact Centre is introduced which is the higher and most complete version of Contact Centers
  • MES Server with in-built CTI Server which is AES mainly to integrate any third party applications like recorder
  • New Avaya Contact recording for recording agent calls introduced for 27 channel concurrent recording
  • New Session Manager and System Manager introduced for SIP functionality
  • Avaya G450 Voice Gateways (2) introduced for voice communication and accommodate various cards like ISDN-PRI, CO Trunks, Analog and Digital cards
  • Web-Based Call Billing Solution with Budgeter, Pin Generator, Emails and AD Authentication is introduced.
ICT PROJECT IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR 2014

ICT PROJECT IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR 2014

Client Name: –NATIONAL REGISTRATION BUREAU (A government agency under the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government)

In the year 2014, Gestalt Gild in partnership with the National Registration Bureau completed a digitization project covering a nationwide scope that included two main facets namely; Infrastructure setup and scanning of 25 million ID Registration Records consisting of 79 million pages.
Infrastructure setup consisted of the following activities:

  • Setting up a Local Area Network (LAN) at the scanning premises
  • Delivery of hardware and software
  • Installation, Configuration and Commissioning of Hardware (Servers, NetApp Backup, Scanners etc.). This included but was not limited to the connection of the equipment to UPS power as well as establishment of FC Connectivity for the configuration of NetApp storage and CISCO UCS servers. In addition, configuration of ESXi on new servers as well as Integration with vCenter Servers has also been implemented.
  • Installation and Commissioning of EDMS Software
  • Training for the deployed system
  • Documentation, Commissioning and sign off

Scanning, Indexing and Uploading into the DMS on the other hand consisted of:

  • De-shelving and preparation of documents where they’re logged into a register for record keeping purposes and also to facilitate reconciliation when returning the same back to registry.
  • Scanning and indexing of documents into the DMS with quality control checks to ensure seamless digitization as well as standardization of digitized records.
  • Re-shelving the documents back to the registry as well as monitoring performance against set targets.
ICT PROJECT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR 2014

ICT PROJECT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR 2014

Client Name:-FAULU BANK KENYA (a leading financial institution in Kenya)

Gestalt Gild has embarked on deploying for Faulu Kenya a collaborative deployment consisting of migration of legacy servers to a unified environment consisting of EMC converged storage, UCS and VMWare environment. This also included implementation of a Disaster recovery solution including Recoverpoint and VMware SRM back up technologies and recovery solutions also covering Networker and Data Domain to enhance base lined RPO and RTO KPI’s.

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