Bank of Montreal Enables Rapid Recovery With High Availability Technology From IBM
One of the five largest banks in Canada, Bank of Montreal (BMO) serves the U.S. market through Chicago-based Harris N.A.. Critical to the success of the new data center was the ability to synchronize transactions between the Bank's primary and backup servers. The primary challenge of the BMO implementation was the increased distance between the two sites to 100 km. BMO turned to IBM for a solution that could support this distance. To meet this challenge, BMO became an early adopter of a newly developed IBM timing technology known as Server Time Protocol (STP). The IBM solution included IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS), peer-to-peer remote copy (PPRC), etc. BMO was the first IBM customer to implement GDPS/PPRC via STP at 100 km.