Bank of Moscow Speeds Up Processing of Apartment Maintenance Payments, Providing 24/7 Uninterrupted Access
"As the end-user, I can say that with the introduction of the new cluster, processing speed greatly increased, and it became possible to simultaneously produce large-scale reports. Access to information about payments was simplified and downtime minimized", - Inna Komarova, Director of the Bank of Moscow Processing Center.
"The deployment of Oracle RAC technology allowed us to bring a whole new level of service to our information systems users", - Vladimir Mishugin, Assistant Director of the Information Technology Department of the Bank.
2. Client information
3. Goals of the Project
6. Why Oracle?
7. Why RDTEX?
Client: Bank of Moscow
The Bank of Moscow is one of the five largest Russian banks. This universal financial institution offers a complete specter of banking services, including deposit accounts, credit cards, trade finance and other banking operations in rubles and foreign currencies. The Bank of Moscow has branches throughout Russia, with 83 thousand corporate and seven million individual clients.
The Bank of Moscow is majority owned and controlled by the government of the city of Moscow. As such, it plays the leading role in collection of utility and apartment maintenance payments from Moscow's 11 million residents (in a vestige of Soviet practice, apartment maintenance and utility payments are still paid centrally through the city).
Goals of the Project:
To provide a high availability system in the Bank of Moscow processing center for distributed payments by upgrading to a cluster configuration.
The system should provide :
- Continuous access (24x7x365);
- Reducing labor costs for external and internal reporting.
- Minimal downtime due to software or hardware failure;
- Reserve capacity to overcome peak and non-standard loads;
- Ability to gradually add resources in response to increased loads and additional clients.
The load on the system of communal payments in the Bank of Moscow is constantly growing. This is due to the increase in the number of documents processed for the constantly increasing population, as well as the increase in the number and complexity of reports required by regulatory authorities. "We needed to improve the performance of the applications and their reliability, as befits a megapolis like Moscow", says Vladimir Mishugin, Assistant Director of the Information Technology Department of the Bank. The Bank of Moscow project was implemented in phases, allowing the deployment of Oracle RAC without interrupting service for the existing system. Here are the main steps:
The project was completed in two months.
- Installation and configuration for Oracle9i RAC.
- Transferring database environment to Oracle RAC.
- Migrating the database from version 18.104.22.168 to version 22.214.171.124.
- Tuning the database and applications for Oracle RAC.
- Monitoring productivity of the database after deployment.
- Deployment of Oracle 9i RAC.
- High availability.
- System stays online during preventivemaintenance.
- Response time is minimized.
The client chose Oracle technology not by chance, indeed Oracle products had long proved themselves at the Bank of Moscow. "The deployment of Oracle RAC technology allowed us to move to a qualitatively new level of service," says Vladimir Mishugin. "This is due to minimized system downtime and the scalability to keep up with increased loads". Also, bank personnel noted that Oracle RAC provides fault tolerance and reliability for its work.
According to the customer, the speed and quality of the deployment, as well as the effectiveness of Oracle products in the Bank of Moscow are directly linked to the quality of RDTEX technicians. "Working with RDTEX on this project, like many before it", says Vladimir Mishugin, "allowed us to quickly deploy Oracle RAC, improving the productivity and reliability of our applications". Since 1997 RDTEX has participated in the deployment of cluster solutions for Oracle databases at major domestic banks (Central Bank of Russia, Moscow Sberbank). In 2002, Oracle gave RDTEX the status of Oracle RAC Competence Center.