Blue Chip picks Bank of Ceylon as first IBM Power 770 customer in Sri Lanka

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Blue Chip Technical Services Ltd., a total IT solutions provider announces that Bank of Ceylon (BOC) is the first organisation in Sri Lanka to install IBM Power Systems Power 770 servers. As the bank’s primary live and DR (Disaster Recovery) servers, the new Power 770 servers replace IBM iSeries e servers running several business critical applications including BOC’s core banking application. To keep pace with the advancements of technology and to be able to harness ever-growing volumes of data affecting the banking industry, the bank decided to upgrade its existing hardware platform to IBM Power Systems servers with POWER7+ technology. On completion of the project, BOC now owns the most powerful IBM Power Systems servers in Sri Lanka. Blue Chip Technical Services Director Sentil Murugan said: “We are proud to bring the latest IBM Power 770 servers to Sri Lanka and we congratulate Bank of Ceylon for being the first in the country to embrace this technology. We would like to thank Bank of Ceylon for choosing us as the supplier after evaluating many other IBM Business Partners in Sri Lanka. We consider this a testimonial to Blue Chip’s advanced technical capabilities and proof of the excellent customer service provided to Bank of Ceylon over the course of the last 15 years.” Bank of Ceylon Head of IT Luxman Perera said: “The Bank of Ceylon’s commitment to benchmark Sri Lanka’s banking industry in technological advances and our pledge to deliver world-class customer service spurred us to upgrade to IBM’s Power 770 servers. We selected IBM Power Systems because they provide the reliability and security we need for our customers’ private and most critical information. “Upgrading and implementation of new technology requires a reliable and efficient IT partner and we identified Blue Chip Technical Services as the most reliable IBM Business Partner in Sri Lanka who maintains its position through continuous excellence in support services along with the certified skills required.  We are happy to announce to our customers the more secure, reliable and speedy service they can expect with this new advancement.” IBM Sri Lanka Country General Manager Chrishan Fernando added: “The IBM Power 770 servers use next-generation POWER7+ processor technology that is designed to deliver unprecedented performance, scalability, reliability and manageability for demanding commercial workloads. Bank of Ceylon has made a smart decision to upgrade their IBM iSeries e Servers to Power 770 servers enabling the benefit of new technology advancement – increased speed and improved service – to Bank of Ceylon’s customers.” IBM Power 770 servers are virtualised from within for better integration and support growth without disrupting business - all in a modular, economically efficient design. The upgrade of Bank of Ceylon’s IBM iSeries e Servers ensures that all the other application software deployed on the servers including core banking application will be updated to the latest versions. This will provide the facility to access more advanced features which provide secured, fast and reliable services to customers.