Abbey consolidates on Unisys mainframes

High street bank Abbey is moving its main banking applications onto a Unisys ClearPath Plus mainframe environment in a bid to...

High street bank Abbey is moving its main banking applications onto a Unisys ClearPath Plus mainframe environment in a bid to reduce costs and achieve greater business flexibility.

Abbey has consolidated existing banking applications into two new ClearPath Plus Dorado 180 mainframes.

One mainframe supports Abbey’s primary datacentre and the other handles development, testing and disaster recovery.

Anne Weatherston, director of IT Infrastructure at Abbey, said, "The new infrastructure has delivered savings from day one, and enables us to provide a more flexible service to the business and our customers. This will help differentiate Abbey in a challenging and consolidating marketplace."

Savings will be achieved by utilising Unisys’ ClearPath Plus technology to consolidate a number of operating system images into a single machine, reducing support and maintenance costs.

The main applications that run on the Unisys ClearPath systems are savings, which supports approximately 10 million savings accounts; banking with around 3.4 million current accounts and card management which manages eight million cards.

Additionally, it runs the processing for internet bank Cahoot and Abbey business and mortgage applications.

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