ME Bank Selects Cisco, NetApp and VMware to Transform Its Data

ME Bank Selects Cisco, NetApp and VMware to Transform Its Data Centre
to Increase Business Agility and Streamline Operations 
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 --  Cisco (NASDAQ:
CSCO) -- ME Bank, the only bank in Australia 100 percent owned by
Australia's leading industry super funds, has selected a Cisco(R) and
NetApp FlexPod(R) for VMware solution to help transform its
information technology (IT) and operational excellence functions and
accelerate the speed with which it can introduce new business
applications and services to customers.  
ME Bank, which provides customers with fairer banking services
(straightforward and low-cost), embarked on an IT transformation
strategy in 2011 to improve efficiencies and support the Bank's aims
to significantly increase customer numbers and provide better value
to members of Industry Super Funds and Unions over the next three
"The IT transformation strategy, which is scheduled to be completed
in June 2015, includes building a next-generation data centre
platform with Cisco, NetApp and VMware that will help provide us with
the ability to both create innovative new services and rapidly
respond to changing business demands," said Jem Richards, enterprise
architect for ME Bank.  
ME Bank selected in February 2012 to deploy a private cloud built on
the FlexPod for VMware and Cisco Unified Computing System(TM) (Cisco
UCS(R)), Cisco Nexus(R) switches, NetApp MetroCluster Solution and
VMware vSphere 5 Solutions. The IT solution will support
transformation in the following ways:  

--  Business agility to hasten delivery of new services to customers. ME
    Bank expects to quickly create test and development environments that
    will hasten the delivery of new business service applications to
    customers. While today it may take two weeks to create these
    environments to test new services before launch, the expectation is
    this will be reduced to minutes. ME Bank aims to accelerate the pace
    it can deliver new application services, reflecting customer demand
    for even more capabilities in Internet banking, smart phone
    applications and social media.
--  Flexibility to rapidly respond to changing market demands. ME Bank
    launched its Workplace Banki
ng strategy in 2011, which capitalises on
    its longstanding relationships with industry super funds and unions,
    to provide banking where its customers are located -- in their
    workplace. An initiative designed to help grow its customer base, ME
    Bank is piloting Workplace Banking Kiosks that enable customers to
    have virtual face-to-face conversations with banking specialists via
    Cisco TelePresence(R) endpoints. Piloted in Melbourne Central in
    the third quarter of 2012, the kiosks have received very positive
    initial customer feedback.
    The FlexPod for VMware platform has the capability to seamlessly
    scale to support these Workplace Banking Kiosks as they are rolled out
    across Australia. The FlexPod for VMware platform will also support
    many of ME Bank's business critical applications including its
    Internet banking application, customer call centre and core banking
--  Expand corporate commitment to the environment to the data centre.
    With the selection of FlexPod for VMware, ME Bank is integrating and
    converging its compute, networking and storage on a highly secure
    single platform that it expects will enable a reduction of its
    physical servers in production from 200-plus to less than 30, and as a
    result aims to achieve a significant percentage of carbon emission
--  Eliminate complexity and achieve operational efficiencies. With
    just-in-time provisioning of highly scalable and virtualised compute,
    network and storage, the company will be able to self-provision
    services and have them available on-demand, greatly accelerating the
    faster pace of change across the organisation. The automation
    capabilities of Cisco UCS will also enable ME Bank to be more
    proactive and spend more time focused on strategic initiatives and
    less time on maintenance and routine tasks.

"Increasingly, organisations are looking to solutions which inaugurate
a new era of agility within their business. By simplifying its data
centre infrastructure deployment, ME Bank has brought about a move
from fragmented application silos to shared, virtualised and cloud
environments. ME Bank's choice of Cisco and NetApp FlexPod for VMware
has helped the bank to reduce cost, risk and time through
high-availability of data and new storage capabilities. ME Bank's
improved workflows and asset utilisation help it to deliver better
business outcomes for the benefit of its members," said Michael
DeLandre, Professional Services and Systems Engineering Director for
NetApp Australia. 
"VMware has been working with ME Bank for more than eight years as
they virtualise their infrastructure and continue their journey to
the cloud. We are excited that ME Bank is teaming with VMware and our
partners Cisco and NetApp to deploy FlexPod for highly secure and
flexible cloud infrastructure for their next generation of banking
services," said Duncan Bennet, MD and VP, VMware Australia and New
"ME Bank plans to grow its business by continuing to provide
customers with innovative products and an unrivalled service
experience. By selecting Cisco and NetApp FlexPod for VMware for its
private cloud computing platform, ME Bank will gain new levels of
business agility that will make it easier to support this growth and
speed delivery of innovative new services to customers," said Mr.
Courtney Dodds, Data Centre Practice Manager for Cisco Australia and
New Zealand. 
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