Meezan Bank using Oracle Exadata Database Machine

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Meezan Bank, the largest Islamic bank in Pakistan, is using Oracle Exadata Database Machine to cut the close of business time by 30 percent. Meezan Bank was also able to reduce their data center footprint by running their core-banking database on Oracle’s flagship engineered system. The bank was using third-party software for its core banking application and in order to keep up with its fast-paced growth it needed to upgrade its hosting platform. Meezan Bank wanted to enhance the reliability and performance of its technology platform, which had increased its operating expenses due to rising licensing cost and the price to performance ratio on the previous hardware was significantly higher.
The organization opted for Oracle Exadata Database Machine, a purpose built, highly optimized integrated platform for running the Oracle Database. Exadata features database-aware intelligent storage and workload-optimized algorithms that run Oracle Database faster, more reliably and with greater security than other platforms. As a result, the operating costs and total cost of ownership of Exadata is significantly lower than alternatives.
By successfully deploying its core banking database on Oracle Exadata, the bank has been able to significantly lower its software licensing requirements and shrunk its close of business time by 30 percent while using 30 percent fewer cores. Moreover, the bank has lowered its administrative efforts by reducing the data center footprint and managing the hardware and software end-to-end using a single Oracle Enterprise Manager console. “We needed a highly available and high performance platform to host our core banking application supporting our rapid business growth and branch network expansion while keeping administrative tasks and operating expenses to a bare minimum,” said Faizur Rehman, CIO, Meezan Bank Ltd.

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