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Halkbank Turkey and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z on the IBM zEnterprise 196 system

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Published on Jul 11, 2013

In an effort to cut complexity and costs in its IT environment, Halkbank has plans to grow on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z on the IBM zEnterprise 196 system. Once fully implemented, the SUSE solution will simplify maintenance and deliver improved reliability and availability for critical banking services.

About Halkbank Turkey
Founded in 1938, Halkbank (Türkiye Halk Bankasi A.S.) offers corporate, commercial and retail banking services to approximately 6.5 million customers throughout Turkey. The bank operates an extensive network comprising more than 668 branches and 1,270 ATMs, and also provides internet and mobile banking services.

Challenge
Halkbank is constantly seeking to strengthen its position as one of the country's leading banks in terms of customer numbers, credit and deposit volumes and profitability. To set itself apart from market competition, the bank needs to offer customers high-quality products and rapid, secure transactions at an attractive price.
With customer numbers and transaction volumes growing each year, it is an ongoing challenge for Halkbank to ensure the highest possible service levels, while keeping administrative expenses and effort to a minimum.
"We use the latest technology to provide our customers with the best service, and run a large number of servers to support our day-to-day operations," said Ayhan Yalkut, IT Division Manager at Halkbank Turkey.
"As we grew, we found that simplified and scalable infrastructure is the key goal rather than managing an expensive and complex infrastructure. We wanted to reduce the cost of providing IT services to users, without sacrificing availability or performance."

SUSE Solution
For more than 30 years, Halkbank has relied on the strength and reliability of the IBM mainframe to support its key business applications. The bank realised that there was huge potential for reducing both licensing costs and management effort by consolidating more workloads onto its two IBM zEnterprise 196 (z196) servers.
Halkbank's next step was to select an operating system to support its new application environment on the z196. After evaluating the different Linux distributions available for use on the mainframe, Halkbank chose SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z as the strategic platform for its application servers.

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