Deutsche Bank, one of the world’s largest financial services institutions, set out to modernize their application and infrastructure architecture with a fabric initiative. The company sought to use microservices architecture for their applications that manage internal products, run calculations, deal with data transformation, support swift payment processing, regulate cutting-edge chatbot automation, and much more.
Paul McDonald, Vice President of Community Management at Deutsche Bank, and Adam Spencer, Product Owner for Fabric at Deutsche Bank formulated their Everything as a Service strategy in late 2015. After evaluating several solutions, the team decided Red Hat OpenShift and Avi Networks could bring their fabric initiative to life. Here are some excerpts from the Deutsche Bank Everything as a Service Case Study:
Load Balancing with Avi Networks
Traditional application delivery controllers (ADCs) provide inflexible architecture and static capacities, and open-source proxies lack enterprise-grade features, Avi delivers flexible, automated load balancing for both north-south and east-west traffic. Adam adds, “Avi is completely agnostic and polyglot. It really doesn’t matter which environment you want to run, you can run Avi on it.”
Automation - “a matter of seconds, not days”
In Adam’s words, “Functionally, nothing else on the market really integrates the way Avi does with OpenShift.” For example, with traditional environments, Adam notes that changing a host IP address or DNS name takes days or even weeks to change. However, with Avi automating that process, it is now “a matter of seconds, not days.” With Avi, the team can also provide internal compliance controls, operational controls, and other features that are built-in automatically for the bank.
Faster Time to Market, Faster Time to Value
Adam says, “We have the concept of ideas to production in a day, where a developer starts and deploys code into production on the same day. The only way we can achieve that is a) by having a platform that is flexible and capable of running those sorts of workloads, and b) having an SDLC process and a CI/CD pipeline.” Adam proudly notes that, with Avi, “Projects that used to take anywhere from 6 to 12 months can now take 3 weeks from inception to production.”
Read the full Deutsche Bank Case Study to learn more.