Gulf Bank selects Dell Technologies for storage, backup

Kuwaiti Bank modernises its infrastructure through all flash and active- active infrastructure

It is critical that financial institutions change their direction and elevate their pace of business innovation, said Dr Al-Hasawi.
It is critical that financial institutions change their direction and elevate their pace of business innovation, said Dr Al-Hasawi.

Gulf Bank of Kuwait has picked Dell Technologies for storage management and data protection.  

Gulf Bank aims to embrace data-driven banking – which is evolving as a key driver of operational and competitive differentiation.  To this end, the bank planned to modernise its IT infrastructure with a robust and flexible data management backbone that can effectively store and protect the growing volume of data from multiple sources.

Dr. Waleed Al-Hasawi, general manager of Information Technology at Gulf Bank, said, “To win today’s market and ensure business sustainability, it is critical that financial institutions change their direction and elevate their pace of business innovation. Keeping this in mind, we at Gulf Bank wanted to set our foundation for the new digital era. To do this, our first step was to choose a trusted partner who could not only help us imagine our IT environment, but also help us as an organization to ensure effective outcomes. And, we hope our partnership with Dell Technologies enables us achieve this vision.”

The project with Dell Technologies is divided into two parts – data management and backup.  

To realize efficient data management, continuous data availability, seamless mobility and accelerate data centre modernisation, Gulf Bank will leverage Dell Technologies VPLEX and RecoverPoint solutions. In addition, VPLEX and RecoverPoint will help Gulf Bank expand their operations across three data centres in the future.

To comply with offshore data regulations set by Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) and manage operational overhead costs for storing long term retention data on tapes, Gulf Bank has opted to deploy Data Domain and Deduplication technology to speed backups and reduce costs. These products by Dell Technologies will also help the bank to save valuable floor space, simplify operations, improve disaster recovery, reduce backup and recovery risks and importantly, enable a tapeless environment.

Havier Haddad, general manager, Gulf at Dell Technologies, said, “It is always great to see established organisations look at technology as a platform to uncover the answers of tomorrow. Therefore, we are pleased to be a part of the transformation journey embarked by Gulf Bank. Their vision to modernise and simplify data management to unlock new enterprise capabilities and offer more value to their customer, is something we advocate completely. We look forward to helping Gulf Bank build a benchmark by being fully committed to investing our expertise in this relationship.” 

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