DBS launches new cloud-based data centre

DBS Bank announced a partnership with data centre provider, Equinix, to transform one of its traditional data centres in Singapore into a cloud-optimised centre.

This new initiative will enable the bank to move its main data centre to significantly smaller premises, which are a quarter of the size of its existing data centre. This will make the new centre 75% cheaper to run.

The bank is able to reap these benefits as it has been working on migrating to cloud-optimised technology in recent years, resulting in huge efficiency saves while increasing storage and computing capacity by 7x since 2014. The expertise built up in this time has culminated in it being able to run a more efficient technology architecture and infrastructure, resulting in massive cost savings for the bank.

With growing business volumes and digitalisation, compute workloads at the bank have doubled in the last three years and are expected to see continued significant growth. The Equinix collaboration will further fortify DBS’ cloud infrastructure and improve the bank’s ability to be even more agile and scalable. It will also contribute towards advancing the bank’s sustainability agenda by improving energy efficiency by at least 10 times.

DBS is an early adopter of cloud technology and has announced that it would shift 50% of its compute workload to the public cloud by 2018. Last year, the bank launched cloud partnerships with Amazon Web Services and Pivotal Cloud Foundry, empowering it to innovate and operate at start-up speeds. It has also leveraged Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity technology, Office 365, in the workplace, enabling employees to change the way they work, making a leap forward in terms of mobility, efficiency and productivity. As a result, DBS today operates in a hybrid cloud environment, which is optimised for rapid changes of capacity and functionality.

The banks’ aggressive drive towards cloud technology for its applications underlines its commitment to digitally transform the bank from client facing functions all the way to backend processes. This will enable the bank to better serve its customers who increasingly prefer to transact digitally[2].

David Gledhill, DBS’ Group Chief Information Officer and Head of Technology and Operations said, “By being a leader in adopting cloud technologies, DBS can deliver more customer value through our ability to experiment and scale quickly. Our teams are able to iterate and deliver products to our customers at a much faster rate, while adhering to the highest standards of security and resiliency. With the new cloud data centre, we are able to significantly increase our energy efficiency as well as drastically reduce our carbon footprint.”

Re-disseminated by The Asian Banker

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