Saturday, April 18, 2009

CIMB banks on thin-computing

THE CIMB financial group said it will save RM40mil in energy and maintenance costs over the next five years, after it fully ­implements a thin-computing solution.

The solution from the Hewlett-Packard Co (HP) comprises stripped-down PCs that access applications residing on a server that also acts as a central repository for data.

Iswaraan Suppiah, head of the group’s information and operations, said CIMB will spend RM30mil on HP’s thin-client ­technology.

Also, the system uses less energy than a conventional PC-and-server setup, making it environmentally friendly.

“We would cut our energy consumption by as much as 80%,” he said.

CIMB tested the solution for two months at its bank branches in Hang Lekiu and Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur. “We plan to ­gradually roll it out to our 360 branches nationwide by year-end,” said Iswaraan.

Earlier, Iswaraan and HP’s personal systems group country general manager, Danny Lee, signed an agreement to implement the solution.

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