First ever deployment of Juniper Networks’ QFabric System in the Financial Sector of Pakistan
MCB Bank Limited, one of the leading banks in Pakistan with over 1200 branches has awarded its EDN Core Network upgrade project to Arwen (Pvt) Ltd. The Network Upgrade comprises of Juniper Networks’ high performance Routing/Switching, Data Center and Security Solutions including MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers, SRX Series Services Gateways, QFabric System, EX Series Ethernet Switches and STRM Series Security Threat Response Managers. This is the first ever deployment of Juniper Networks’ QFabric System in the Financial Sector of Pakistan. The QFabric System is composed of multiple components working together as a single switch to provide high-performance, any-to-any connectivity and management simplicity in the data center. It is a highly scalable system that improves application performance with low latency and converged services in a non-blocking, lossless architecture that supports Layer 2, Layer 3 and Fiber Channel over Ethernet capabilities. As part of the upgrade project Citrix Netscaler ADCs (Application Delivery Controllers) were also deployed for Core Banking Application load balancing and traffic compression. Arwen’s Professional Services team has deployed the complete solution along with integration and migration strategies for seamless transition of the Bank’s critical data traffic to the new infrastructure. Multiple networking technologies including OSPF, BGP, MPLS L3 VPN and VPLS were used to design an optimal and scalable solution.