Barclays Bank is to provide Web-based electronic banking for all of its 13,000 top corporate customers.
Barclays IT director Alex Stevenson said the Electronic Delivery Channel (EDC) project gives real-time, Web-based banking services via a browser. More than 13,000 of its top clients will go online by the end of the year. Barclays aims to roll out the service to 100,000 customers within two years.
"The sort of transactions we are talking about are heavy duty and mission-critical for our clients, so it has to be real-time and it has to be reliable," Stevenson said.
A specialised NT workstation can be installed at the customers' premises, or the clients can access their accounts from a secure Internet Web page.
Upgrades are available on the workstation version to allow different users in the company's finance department to gain access.
Both the Web-based and the workstation versions will connect to a Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS) at Barclays. The MTS applications will then link with a Tandem Himalaya server running the non-stop operating system to provide access to Barclays' main banking systems and to external payment systems such as Chaps and Swift.
The transaction process will be heavily firewalled and encrypted although Barclays is keeping quiet about the security details.
"We selected NT because we wanted the presentation and processing layer to be comfortably controlled by the same operating system. What we have is a very simple system which our customers will find easy to operate," Stevenson said.
He added that the Tandem/NT setup will provide additional security as it separates the Web and the database functions of the network. Stevenson added that, during the trial, NT proved scalable and fault-tolerant, but he did not feel it was mature enough to do the whole middleware operation just yet.
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