The Halifax building society has chosen a networking system from Bay Networks after rejecting a system from 3Com.
Following the announcement of its proposed merger with the Leeds last year, Halifax decided to implement a new branch office network. The project will involve the installation of Bay Networks' BayStack router solutions in each of the society's 1,200 high street branches at a cost of over #500,000.
The branch office network supports the Halifax's transaction processing and office automation applications. BayStack will provide the Halifax with 24-port shared connectivity in branch office local PC environments and wide area connectivity to corporate data centres.
Halifax had initially piloted 3Com's LinkBuilder FMS II branch office solution but chose BayStack after further tests.
John Walsh, client-server infrastructure manager at the Halifax, explained: "The key benefit in BayStack is its extensive network management capabilities.
The Bay Networks Optivity network management suite is fully consistent with our strategy towards true end-to-end enterprise-wide management."
The branch office network will be completed over the next two months.
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