HDFC Bank Standardizes Network With Windows 2003

by Julia Fernandes    Sep 20, 2004

HDFC Bank, one of the country’s leading private sector banks will shortly be standardizing its existing heterogeneous server network with Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Speaking to CXOtoday, Harish Shetty, vice presidentÂ-HDFC Bank, said, “The core objective behind standardization is to achieve centralized management and control of desktops. For e.g. execution of tasks such as configuration of desktops and application of patches can be then done from a central location, reducing complexities considerably.”

According to Shetty, the standardization will enable ease of individual and team productivity; centralized application deployment, enhanced security and better maintenance.

The bank will deploy Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition across its data center, branches, and Internet banking division. The bank currently has 6500 clients running on 350 servers.

HDFC Bank earlier had a heterogeneous system comprising a mix of Windows NT, Windows 2000, and other operating systems (including Novell Netware), which caused several hurdles in maintenance and running of such disparate platforms.

Their mailing solution runs on Lotus Notes Domino, while for their databases, the bank uses a mix of Sybase, Oracle, DB2 and MS SQL.

The Bank intends to deploy the servers across its branches and the data center within the next 12 months.

HDFC Bank currently manages a network of 357 branches and over 950 ATMs across 176 cities.