Building society plans IT and network overhaul

The Kent Reliance Building Society has signed a £1m contract with network specialist s2s to oversee a complete overhaul of its IT and network infrastructure.

The Kent Reliance Building Society has signed a £1m contract with network specialist s2s to oversee a complete overhaul of its IT and network infrastructure.

The deal will also see s2s provide managed services to maintain the network over the next three years.

The infrastructure upgrade is aimed at speeding the growth of Kent Reliance’s outsourced operations in India and increasing the range of hosted network services it can offer to third parties, including other building societies.

A new Cisco-based Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network will enable the building society to run its core business programmes from a purpose-built datacentre at its headquarters in Chatham, Kent. Voice over IP and video conferencing will be fully integrated across the network.

The new network is expected to be more robust and significantly faster than the existing infrastructure, allowing Kent Reliance to implement a thin-client architecture across its sites in the UK and India.

The combination of the high-speed network and the use of thin-client technology will make it “refreshingly simple” for the building society to set up new offices quickly and cost effectively, even in smaller or more remote locations, Steve Dockrell, the building society’s head of IT, said.


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