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NSIA uses its infrastructure to support its strategy

Posted on 17 September 2012 by Pierre Picard

Pioneering African bank-assurer NSIA turns to Bull to support its growth strategy

In the space of just 15 years, NSIA has become one of the leaders in bank-assurance in Africa. With a presence in 12 countries, the group – based in the Ivory Coast – is rapidly expanding. Its ambition? To become the benchmark for bank-assurance in Africa by offering products that are truly adapted to the needs of African populations, while leveraging its values of professionalism, integrity, delivering on its commitments and solidarity.

And when your stated aim is to “reveal the true face of insurance” and “establish a new way to work with the bank”, the information system must be totally supportive of the group’s strategic objectives.

An agile and secure infrastructure to enable modernization


To ensure that its information system is fully in tune with its targets for expansion, NSIA has put the emphasis on shared use of resources and security, with the implementation of several large-scale projects. The need to constantly optimize its infrastructures – not only in terms of cost, but also security and performance – means the group has opted for a virtualized infrastructure and put in place a comprehensive business continuity/disaster recovery plan. And it turned to Bull to deliver the totally integrated solution, consisting of three Bull NovaScale™ (R480 F2) servers, Microsoft Hyper V and EMC for storage.

As an integrator of complex infrastructures, Bull has successfully supported us in this strategic, global project, both when it comes to implementing the various components of the infrastructure and providing support services and training,” confirms Serge Oussé, Deputy IT Director at NSIA. “Its close local proximity to our own teams means it has become one of NSIA’s most trusted partners.”

Performance, security, lower costs, a reduced need for floor space, energy savings… the results of the project are plain for all to see, in line with the bank-assurer’s objectives of greater agility and infrastructure optimization.

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