Westpac partners with IBM for hybrid cloud

Westpac, one of Australia’s largest banks and financial service providers, has partnered with IBM to offer hybrid platform as a service.

The bank and IBM are set to implement a fully integrated hybrid cloud platform across their business to ‘deliver premium services’ to more than 13 million customers.

Called Hybrid-Platform-as-a-Service (HPaaS), the new environment enables Westpac to easily deploy applications across the group and deliver new customer solutions to market faster, while meeting ‘regulations for data protection and privacy’.

“What historically took weeks is now automated and happens in hours. For example, server provisioning has gone from two to four months to two to four hours and application installation will be reduced from months to hours,” said, Westpac CIO, Dave Curran. “We are able to keep our technology current; scale-up and down on demand, and deliver efficiency gains through increased automation.”

The project will continue through to 2021, and we will work with Westpac to help them build and manage their HPaaS transformation. Westpac’s new private offsite cloud is powered by VMware in two IBM Cloud data centres in Australia to meet APRA compliance regulations. When combined with the bank’s existing on-premises infrastructure and public cloud services, the bank has a single platform for greater flexibility and operational efficiencies.

IBM Cloud continues to build out its cloud footprint with 18 new availability zones in high demand centers in Europe (Germany and UK), Asia-Pacific (Tokyo and Sydney), and North America (Washington, DC and Dallas, Texas). IBM’s said its global cloud footprint is especially critical as clients look to gain greater control of their data in the face of tightening data regulations, such as the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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