HDFC Upgrades Storage Infrastructure

by CXOtoday Staff    Sep 22, 2006

HDFC Bank has switched to using Brocade’s Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions to further its global ambitions.

The new SAN replaces a decentralized storage infrastructure that had grown on an ad hoc basis, with edge switches and multi-vendor storage systems added to keep up with increasing transaction volumes. The system ultimately became too complex, difficult to manage, caused business difficulties and ultimately impacted the bank’s compliance and service delivery.

With 4 Gbit/sec Brocade director-class solutions as its SAN foundation, the bank can now store and retrieve three terabytes of information each day, up to 30% faster than with its previous storage infrastructure, according to Brocade.

Processing nearly two million financial transaction daily, archiving key financial data for seven years as per Indian banking mandates, and adding two new branches per week to its 680 existing offices in 228 cities across the country, are some of the key benefits drawn from the new deployment.

“Brocade redesigned our infrastructure according to our business needs and objectives, giving us the storage throughput, scalability, and control we required to become a world-class financial institution,” said Harish Shetty, VP, HDFC Bank.

After a careful evaluation of options, the bank decided to deploy Brocade SilkWorm 48000 Directors for the core of its new consolidated SAN, and Brocade SilkWorm 4100 Switches for its server edges.

Data flows between users and storage systems through the most direct routes to conserve bandwidth. The new infrastructure also offers almost double the SAN ports as previously available. The ability to increase ports and bandwidth ensures scalability.