Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Consolidates Data Center with VMware Virtual Infrastructure

International Financial Services Firm Reduces Physical Servers by More than 60% after Deploying VMware Virtual Infrastructure

PALO ALTO, Calif., September 26, 2005– VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today announced that Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) implemented VMware virtual infrastructure to reduce the overall complexity of its server environment and to improve business continuity of its IT systems.

Adopting a virtual infrastructure strategy for its data center has allowed SMBC to reduce numbers of physical servers by 62 percent and server racks by 66 percent. By implementing VMware virtual infrastructure, SMBC has been able to eliminate the need for same-type hardware in its production and backup data centers, reduce the impact of hardware upgrades, simplify application development and improve service delivery.

"With VMware virtual infrastructure, we gained efficiencies on many levels, from optimizing the utilization of hardware resources and consolidating server platforms, to establishing more effective platforms for testing and business continuity," said John Premus, CTO of Japan Research Institute, Inc America (JRI-A). JRI-A provides IT services to SMBC within the United States. " Ultimately, the implementation simplifies our infrastructure and provides a much lower total cost of ownership."

The International Banking Unit of SMBC relies on data centers in the U.S. to host the core banking applications for North America and Europe. Each day, approximately $90 billion are transacted through the data center in support of SMBC's global customers. The previous server environment required identical hardware in production and backup data centers plus hundreds of physical servers at the backup location. Migration to a new hardware platform required re-installation and testing of critical applications or business servers.

With VMware virtual infrastructure, SMBC found a solution that supports its increasing international data traffic, streamlines operational costs for the IT department and increases the availability of services to business users. In addition, VMware virtual infrastructure makes it possible for SMBC to maximize the utilization of existing server assets and to reduce the complexity of the server environment with VMware advanced management features.

"VMware is dedicated to helping enterprises like SMBC create a robust virtual infrastructure to reduce their IT costs through increased efficiency, flexibility and responsiveness,said Karthik Rau, director of product management at VMware. "SMBC's decision to deploy VMware virtual infrastructure confirms the significant value of VMware's enterprise-class virtualization solutions, employed by thousands of customers to solve real IT problems: increasing resource utilization, minimizing maintenance downtime and maximizing server manageability."

VMware virtual infrastructure, used by more than 10,000 enterprises worldwide, delivers real business value through reduced IT operating expenses, server consolidation and containment, improved business continuity, streamlined test and development and deployment and management of secure enterprise desktops.

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