Barclays goes private cloud to get personal

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Faced with digital and traditional competitors from around the world, Barclays is working hard to create a massive private cloud platform for its global businesses in response.

It relies on Hewlett Packard Enterprise to lead this initiative and use the vendor’s HPE GreenLake as the basis of the platform.

According to a recent version, the automated and open cloud platform will host thousands of workloads and allow the bank to personalize banking operations for its customers.

The HPE GreenLake Edge-to-Cloud Platform will also play an important role in the bank’s hybrid multi-cloud strategy and digital transformation across Barclays’ global business.

“Today, our customers expect a smart, contextual and personalized digital experience with transparent performance. With HPE GreenLake, we are building a cloud platform that will enable the agility and operational performance needed to achieve this ambition while providing a modern business model for private cloud, ”said Craig Bright, group chief information officer. at Barclays.

According to the announcement, the HPE GreenLake Edge-to-Cloud Platform will provide a unified cloud experience on-premises. It will have on-demand capacity and granular consumption-based pricing for compute, memory and storage resources, providing the resiliency, scalability and efficiency needed to meet performance standards. high demands in today’s digital world.

“Banking systems are essential national infrastructures. The resilience, sustainability and security of the underlying technology platform are the non-negotiable fundamentals that enable the delivery of personalized digital experiences, ”said Marc Waters, senior vice president and general manager UK, Ireland, Middle East and South Africa at HPE.

Barclays’ global private cloud platform will host thousands of applications and more than 100,000 workloads, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), SQL databases, Windows server and Linux. HPE Pointnext Services migrates existing infrastructure to private cloud with the Barclays team.

Barclays will use HPE GreenLake Central to manage costs, usage, compliance and security through a unified global dashboard across the entire private cloud fleet. The infrastructure environment is managed by HPE, ensuring constant availability, regular patches and updates, and optimization of the infrastructure based on automation. The bank will only pay for the resources it consumes on the HPE GreenLake platform, with the ability to reserve workloads and run them on demand.

“Our fully managed HPE GreenLake platform provides infrastructure, software and services that enable automation, control, flexibility, a great experience and a positive business advantage,” added Waters.

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