Financial Services Enterprise Approaches to Data Centers and DR

Finanz Informatik, Frankfurt, Germany
Data centers: two
Distance between data centers: 18 km
Business requirements: RPO of zero seconds and RTO of 30 minutes
Mode of data replication: synch-active/active with workload running at both sites
Solution: IBM GDPS/PPRC

Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
Data centers: two
Distance between data centers: 20 km
Business requirements: Recover all systems within two hours from frozen secondary disks; test DR twice annually with a 24-hour planned data center swap using HyperSwap
Mode of data replication: synch-active/standby with workload running at primary site
Solution: IBM GDPS/PPRC

Barclays, London, UK
Data centers: three
Distance between data centers: less than 1 km for sites 1 and 2; 220 km for sites 1 and 3; 301 km for sites 2 and 3
Business requirements: RPO of less than 10 seconds and RTO of less than two hours; non-technical staff must be able to perform DR rehearsals. A plan is in the works to toggle between data centers in different geographical regions.
Mode of data replication: active-active sites 1 and 2; active-standby site 3
Solution: IBM GDPS/MzGM

UBS, Zurich, Switzerland
Data centers: three
Distance between data centers: 10 km for sites 1 and 2; 6,600 km for sites 1/2 and 3
Business requirements: RPO of less than 20 minutes and RTO of less than four hours for out of region DR
Mode of data replication: active-active for sites 1 and 2; active-standby for site 3
Solution: IBM GDPS/MzGM