Wipro Infotech, India, Middle East and Africa has announced that the United Bank of India has selected Wipro to deploy a wide area network optimization solution from Cisco for all of its 1,600-plus branches and offices. The deployment is amongst the largest globally for any Public Sector bank.
The solution, enabled by the power of the network, facilitates the UBI’s vision of providing the benefits of banking to rural and agricultural economies, and to India’s burgeoning small and medium-sized enterprise sector.
The deployment will include Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) devices, Cisco’s comprehensive WAN optimization solution, in addition to application accelerators for the data centre and disaster recovery sites, making this one of the largest deployments by any public sector bank globally.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhaskar Sen, Chairman & Managing Director, United Bank of India, said, “With this deployment of WAN optimization, we are confident of being able to better communicate and collaborate with our remote branches, effectively serve our customers with minimal turnaround time and leverage bank’s network for rolling out customer-centric applications directly from data centre. This is a step forward in strengthening our position of being a preferred bank for our customers through a process of continuous improvement. The Bank has also focussed on Alternate Delivery Channels through expansion of ATM network and implementation of feature-rich Internet banking and Tele banking applications.”
Naresh Wadhwa, President & Country Manager, Cisco – India & SAARC region, mentioned, “Core banking is extremely critical to the well-being of any bank. Even though UBI had previously deployed core banking facilities, but there remained a tremendous scope for further improvement. This deployment, which is one of the largest the industry has seen, will be a reference site of significant importance in the Indian financial industry and will pave the way for many similar projects.”
Vikas Srivastava, Vice-President, Infrastructure Technology Solutions, Wipro, said, “We are delighted to have been selected by the United Bank of India for deploying the WAN optimization solution for all its branches across the country. The engagement involves commissioning, implementation and integration of the solution with UBI’s existing WAN network. In keeping with our endeavour to bring leading-edge technology solutions to our customers, we have decided to partner with Cisco for its WAN optimization solution. We are confident that together with Cisco’s solution and our two decades global experience in the IT space, we will be able to help UBI in achieving increased productivity and cost savings in the years to come.”