Huawei Signs Strategic Partnership With Fidelity Bank For ICT needs

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Huawei, global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions provider, said it has entered into partnership with Fidelity Bank Plc., one of the leading commercial banks in Nigeria for ICT optimization.

According BusinessDay, Fidelity Bank is currently ranked amongst the top 10 banks in Nigeria, with a network of over 220 branches nationwide, and a presence in all the 36 states and major cities around the country.

As one of the fastest growing banks in Nigeria, serving millions of customers daily across the West African sub region, Fidelity Bank’s storage system was increasingly stretched by its sheer volume of business, thereby risking a potential drop in the bank’s service delivery. In addition, the bank’s backup system required optimization to ensure an even more stable and effective ICT system.

It was therefore a chance at the March 2014 CeBIT event, according to a statement, Huawei’s financial solutions unit met officials of Fidelity Bank who were attending the conference in search of internationally reputable companies to partner with for their ICT needs.

Both parties, according to the statement then agreed to work together, with Huawei mandated to enhance the bank’s storage capacity and resolve the performance bottlenecks in the system.

In September 2014, after three months of rigorous POC testing, Huawei`s S6800 and DR solutions achieved excellent results, with all pre-agreed indicators exceeding the bank’s expectations by more than 20% minimum, while IOPS reached about 300K to meet the daily business requirement, and the RTO time came down to minutes level.

This project has been designed to support the accelerated growth rate of Fidelity bank’s business expansion over the next 3 years.

After a year of steady operation, Huawei’s solutions have gained a high rating from the client. “Based on its industry-leading hardware specifications, the S6800T integrates the advanced technologies of high-density disk design, Turbo Module (high-density and hot-swappable I/O modules), and Turbo Boost (three-level performance boost), and multi-level data protection, satisfying the application requirements of large OLTP/OLAP databases, Internet operation, centralized storage, backup, disaster recovery, and data migration.

“The S6800 is widely used in the international finance industry, with ICBC being the biggest user, utilizing the device to carry 16 forms of business data, including A / Class B business 5, C / Class D business 11.The A class of applications contain ICBC’s front and pedestrian front as the most critical business applications; it is worthy of note that the ICBC provides high reliability yet low TCO”.

Huawei which  focuses on customer needs and works with partners to develop comprehensive, efficient ICT solutions and services for diverse industries, such as financial services, government and public utility, transport, power grid, and energy,  has been  serving the financial services industry since 1999, with teams in Beijing and Shenzhen both dedicated to financial services solution planning, design, Research and Development (R&D), co-operation, branding and marketing.

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