Abbey goes for mainframe savings

High street bank Abbey has moved its main banking applications to a Unisys Clearpath Plus mainframe environment in a bid to...

High street bank Abbey has moved its main banking applications to a Unisys Clearpath Plus mainframe environment in a bid to reduce costs and improve flexibility.

Abbey has consolidated existing banking applications on two Clearpath Plus Dorado 180 mainframes. One mainframe supports Abbey's primary datacentre and the other handles development, testing and disaster recovery.

The bank previously ran Unisys IX6800, IX5600 and IX5800 mainframes. Under the new system Abbey is able to boost workload capability temporarily in order to provide additional capacity during busy periods such as around bank holidays or month ends.

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 market."

Savings will be achieved by using the Clearpath Plus technology to consolidate multiple operating system images onto a single machine, reducing support and maintenance costs.

The main applications that run on the Clearpath systems are savings, which comprises about 10 million accounts; banking, with 3.4 million current accounts; and card management, with eight million card accounts. The systems also run the processing for internet bank Cahoot and Abbey business and mortgage applications.

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