Maharashtra Bank Selects IBM's Data Center

by CXOtoday Staff    Jan 05, 2010

Karad Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd. (KUCB), Maharashtra’s leading cooperative bank, has chosen to deploy IBM s Scalable Modular Server Room (SMSR), a pre-designed and pre-fabricated data center.

The Scalable Modular Server Room can be installed in a fraction of the time compared to traditional data center design and build methods, claims IBM and will enable KUCB save nearly 75% on resource allocation costs and allow staff to focus on core business activities.

According to Neeraj Sharma, director-Integrated Technology Services, IBM India/South Asia, IBM s solutions around Scalable Modular Server Rooms are part of its Money Saving Services portfolio, which is targeted towards helping customers optimise operating consumption for energy, space and communications, and aid further growth.

"This is a strategic win since it is aligned to IBM’s geo-expansion initiative and further strengthens our track record in the banking market in India," he said.

The data center will include high-quality scalable and modular server rooms, as well as provide facility services, maintenance and technical services for both the data center and disaster recovery sites of KUCB.
IBM’s SMSR is specifically targeted at mid-market clients and is shipped in a componentised form and requires less than a week to be made operational at the customers’ premises, the company said in a release. Moreover, SMSR mitigates risks associated with extensive engineering required for custom installations, is ideal for small data centers builds, and can be purchased in an off-the-shelf model.
KUCB selected IBM’s SMSR after evaluating as many as nine vendors for building its data center in the traditional model. IBM s SMSR will enable the bank to remain focused on their core business and reduce the need to assign critical staff members to projects for which they may have limited experience.
Established over 90 years ago, Karad Urban Co-operative Bank has been growing rapidly in Maharashtra and plans to establish branches in Gujarat and Karnataka. "With the scale of our operations expanding, it is imperative for us to invest in technology solutions that are ready-to-deploy and continuously meet the requirements associated with our growth. IBM s unique value proposition through SMSR and their consultative approach was in synch with our requirements," said Subhash S. Erram, KUCB chairman.