Bank of Communications keeps the credit flowing with hyperconverged infrastructure from Lenovo

Overview
To keep satisfying a demanding and increasing number of customers served by its Pacific Credit Card Center, Bank of Communications needed to launch innovative services faster. The bank turned to Lenovo Converged HX3500 appliances powered by Intel® Xeon® and Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform software, to support its vital testing and development environments – gaining the scalability and agility it needs to stay ahead in a competitive consumer credit market.
 
The bank can respond to requests from the business faster, and bring new services from concept to launch quickly and cost-effectively.
 
Solution components
Hardware
Lenovo Converged HX3500 Appliance with Intel® Xeon® E5 processor family
 
Software
Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform
•             Nutanix Acropolis
•             Nutanix Prism
VMware ESXi
 
With the cutting-edge Lenovo-Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure platform underpinning the development of its card business, BoCom gains the speed and flexibility it needs to keep up with ever-increasing demands.
 
Founded in 1908, Bank of Communications (BoCom) ranks among the top five commercial banks in China, with a network of over 2,800 branches in 80 major cities across the country.
In 2004, as part of a strategic partnership with HSBC, BoCom established the Pacific Credit Card Center, which issues credit cards for specific consumer groups and co-branded cards with various businesses and banks.

Meeting new demands
With the new venture, BoCom has helped give businesses and consumers in Asia – a potential trillion-dolar credit card market – greater choice of financial services and products that were previously unavailable. The bank’s ultimate goal is to transform the Pacific Credit Card Center into China’s number one card issuer. But first, BoCom must establish itself as a good local provider of these services.

To win over customers, the Pacific Credit Card Center must deliver an exceptional experience – issuing cards quickly and through multiple channels, processing payments fast and accurately, and enabling customers to use their card wherever they go. Doing so requires flexible and powerful IT systems that can respond to business needs in a rapid, agile way.

As BoCom scaled up operations at the Pacific Credit Card Center, existing development and test systems – based on a traditional Storage Area Network (SAN) architecture – started to struggle under the increased pressure.

The IT team was constantly adding new application systems and servers to keep up with changing business demands. The increased complexity made the environment difficult to operate and maintain effectively, which dulled responsiveness and slowed deployment times for new services. Storage systems were also being pushed to their limits, and lacked the scalability to support increased performance demands.

BoCom wanted to upgrade to a more flexible and resilient infrastructure platform that could better support its ambitious growth objectives.

Turning to Lenovo
After considering a number of options, BoCom determined that a hyperconverged infrastructure from Lenovo and Nutanix offered the ideal foundation for a simpler, more agile approach to IT, while delivering the strong performance and scalability that its booming business required.

BoCom selected the Lenovo Converged HX3500 appliance, which is optimized for compute-heavy environments. Built on powerful Lenovo servers and featuring the Intel® Xeon® E5 processor family, the platform offers strong resilience, with a distributed architecture, simplified operation and maintenance, as well as high availability.

In addition, the Lenovo Converged HX3500 appliance delivers enterprise data storage as an on-demand service. Pre-integrated Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform software eliminates the need for traditional SAN and NAS solutions, reducing complexity and enabling easy scalability and management.

BoCom has currently deployed a four-node Lenovo Converged HX3500 appliance cluster, with the VMware ESXi hypervisor, which supports development and test environments for the Pacific Credit Card Center.

Reaping the rewards
Choosing an ultra-efficient hyperconverged infrastructure from Lenovo and Nutanix has eliminated the need for BoCom to invest in expensive SAN storage and reduces hypervisor virtualization expenses – giving the bank a cost-efficient platform for growing its credit card business.

BoCom can count on strong stability and reliability to keep key test and development workloads up and running around the clock – reducing the risk of potentially costly and inconvenient disruption to operations at the Pacific Credit Card Center.

With the cutting-edge Lenovo-Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure platform underpinning the development of its card business, BoCom gains the speed and flexibility it needs to keep up with ever-increasing demands. The bank can respond to requests from the business faster, and bring new services from concept to launch quickly and cost-effectively. With this agile foundation in place, BoCom is perfectly placed to make the most of the opportunities offered by a growing market for consumer credit, expanding its customer base and revenues.

For more information
To learn more about Lenovo Data Center Systems solutions, contact your Lenovo Sales Representative or Lenovo Business Partner, or visit: www.lenovo.com/data-center

For more information about Bank of Communications Limited, visit: www.bankcomm.com
 
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