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Zambia National Commercial Bank (Zanaco)

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Moving to Cisco UCS gives Zanaco virtual compute platform for sustainable growth.

Moving to Cisco UCS gives Zanaco virtual compute platform for sustainable growth.

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  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Challenge As soon as Dutch banking giant Rabobank took a majority share in Zanaco, an expansion program was launched. Yet the company didn’t have the right computing platform. Mwangala Muyoyeta Palale, Head of IT, says. “There were issues with power and systems going out of support. As a result we were spending more and more time on repairs.” Solution Zanaco is one of Zambia’s top banks. It leads the way in areas such as automated teller machines and Internet banking. No surprise then that it also sought a leading compute platform and chose Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®). The way VMware is bundled with UCS enabled the bank to achieve the virtualization levels it wanted from the best cost standpoint. The main data center was upgraded with Cisco UCS, ASA security devices, and Nexus switches. “This was a vital project for the bank. The flexible solution and our experience with Cisco meant it went smoothly,” says Jonah Chege of Seven Seas Technology, which ran the project. Results Once the old hardware is fully replaced, with about 50 percent less servers, the bank expects to improve service. Dennis Nkula says: “It’s easier to run and we spend less time fixing things.” Manlio D’Alessandro, Director of Corporate Support, sums up: “For us to bring down our cost-to-income ratio, we need to bring down OpEx. Now we’re a lot more efficient and on track to do that.” Customer Case Study African Bank Halves Data Center Size Moving to Cisco UCS gives Zanaco virtual compute platform for sustainable growth Customer Name: Zambia National Commercial Bank (Zanaco) Industry: Financial services Location: Zambia Number of Employees: 1500 Challenge • Create IT platform for growth • Simplify admin and upgrade compute Solution • Cisco Unified Data Center Results • Cut servers by 50 percent • Less cost and greater efficiency © 2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 1 of #
  • 2. “For us to bring down our cost-to-income ratio, we need to bring down OpEx. We’re a lot more efficient and on track to do that.” Manlio D’Alessandro Director of Corporate Support Zambia National Commercial Bank Customer Case Study For More Information To learn more about the Cisco solutions featured in this case study, please visit: www.cisco.com/go/datacenter and www.cisco.com/go/ucs Product List Data Center •• Cisco Unified Computing System –– UCS B200 M3 Blade Servers –– UCS C240 M3 Rack Servers Routing and Switching •• Nexus 1000V, 5548UP, and 7000 Series Switches •• Nexus 2232 Fabric Extenders •• Catalyst 3560 and Catalyst 6509 Switches •• MDS 9148 Multilayer Fabric Switches •• 3925 Integrated Services Routers Fabric Interconnects •• UCS 6248UP Fabric Interconnects Security •• ASA 5555-X Adaptive Security Appliances Virtualization •• VMware vSphere •• Microsoft Hyper-V Storage •• NetApp •• Dell EqualLogic © 2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Printed in the UK 07/14 Page 2 of 2 Americas Headquarters Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Asia Pacific Headquarters Cisco Systems (USA) Pte. Ltd. Singapore Europe Headquarters Cisco Systems International BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands Cisco has more than 200 offices worldwide. Addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers are listed on the Cisco Website at www.cisco.com/go/offices. Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. To view a list of Cisco trademarks, go to this URL: www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. (1110R)