Сredit Agricole Bank

About Client

PJSC CREDIT AGRICOLE BANK is a universal bank owned by one of the largest financial groups in Europe—Credit Agricole Group (France). It has been operating in the financial market of Ukraine since 1993 and renders full range of modern banking services to corporate and private customers. According to NBU classification, CREDIT AGRICOLE is among the largest banks of the country.


The bank’s IT department staff was tasked with selecting a solution, which, on the one hand, would let them build a high-performance server solution with a failover cluster functionality, and on the other, would enable lower cost of IT infrastructure ownership, simplify administration, and accelerate deployment of new business applications and services. Finally, they opted for server virtualisation.

The team of SI BIS and Credit Agricole Bank PJSC IT experts competently handled the IT infrastructure scaling, when several new bank locations were opened.

The bank’s IT infrastructure modernisation project encompassed 20 territorially-distributed locations.


Under the project, 20 hardware sets were installed, each consisting of 2 servers and a data storage system. VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 platform was chosen for virtualisation.

The solution incorporated two IBM x3650 servers and a DS3400 storage with 12×140 GB hard drives. VMware ESX software—the foundation of VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3—was installed to run several virtual machines on each server. As a result, each bank location could run up to ten or more virtual machines on just two servers. The servers were clustered with VMware HA. This way, in case of failure of one server, all virtual machines could be restarted on the second backup server, ensuring business continuity. Virtual machine images were pulled from the storage system.

VMware was configured per the instructions developed earlier. Then, Windows disk images were prepared, which the customer used later for OS deployment.


IT Infrastructure Modernization


Each system was assembled, configured, and tested by technical experts in the SI BIS Testing and Deployment Center (off-site), and only then delivered to the customer. This approach greatly facilitated and accelerated the work for both sides. The customer immediately received a ready-made hardware system, which only needed to be connected to the corporate network.