Providing services to more than 1 million clients with 182 branches and
over 3.350 employees, the Financial Participation Bank of Turkey
continuously improves the availability rate of its services through
swift IT investments. Utilizing the virtualization technologies, the
bank replicates the critical applications at a different location from
the headquarters located in Istanbul, Turkey. The project aimed to
upgrade the virtualization software to the latest versions, and to
automate the replication network.
The Bank had two locations in Ankara and Istanbul. Synchronized
replication was used at the disaster recovery location in Istanbul, and
asynchronous replication was used at the one in Ankara, EMC Symmetrix
data storage systems were used in both locations. First, the
virtualization software used in the system was upgraded to the latest
version (VMware vSphere).
In the second stage, a consistent replication structure was established
without disturbing the data integrity between the Istanbul Headquarters
and Ankara Disaster Recovery Center, and a fully-automated virtual
replication structure was established using the VMware Site Recovery
As a result of this project, the Bank achieved 30 per cent increase in
the system performance owing to the new version of the virtualization
software. The new fully-automated disaster recovery system optimized the
operational continuity and service availability, providing
easy-to-manage disaster recovery system that can be tested at any time.