EMC Corporation today announced Citizens Financial Group, Inc., one of the nation's 20 largest commercial banks, has contracted with EMC Global Services to purchase and implement an additional 30 terabytes of EMC Symmetrix Enterprise Storage and EMC Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) software.
The demand for additional storage was created by Citizens' recent acquisition of Mellon Financial Corporation's retail, small business and certain middle-market businesses. Citizens is consolidating information about its new customers in Pa., Del. and N.J. onto its EMC storage infrastructure.
Citizens will use EMC SRDF's advanced Multi-Hop capability to mirror data from its primary data center to two alternate locations across a 50-mile area. EMC Symmetrix systems in each location will be linked via high-speed Fibre Channel and IP networks. EMC also will be providing technical training, mentoring and day-to-day assistance to Citizens' IT staff.
Based in Providence, R.I., Citizens Financial uses EMC Symmetrix Enterprise Storage to provide centralized storage to its IBM MVS mainframe computers. The bank's EMC infrastructure supports all of its business-critical applications, including customer databases, account management and ATM authorizations. In addition to SRDF, Citizens relies on EMC TimeFinder, PowerPath, ControlCenter and Symmetrix Optimizer software to make data management more cost-efficient and further increase availability of information.